"When I forget my ways, I am in The Way"



The Monastics

THE MONASTICS
The role of the monastic: "To be calm and relaxed - on behalf of ourselves and all that we affect.”

The monastery doesn't get a lot of visitors. It's pretty much located in the remote back roads of the Internet. There are no nearby super highways or cloverleafs.

But, in a way, there are a number of residents, because some of my best companions here are the characters I write about. Of course, since I've invented characters, it seemed important to also have a monastic order.

RECOGNITION
You don't really need any term of address in the monastery... just be you. The monastery, however, has optional terms of address - which can be fun or serious, depending on which direction your smile is facing.
  • Komusō - Monk or Nun of Nothingness; self-conferred
  • Monk - self-conferred
  • Nun - self-conferred
  • Brother - to go in front of your first name; self-conferred
  • Sister - to go in front of your first name; self-conferred
  • Prior - the founder/leader of a monastery or second in rank under the Abbot
  • Prioress - the founder/leader of a convent
  • Abbot - the head of the Order 
Any 'title' in the monastery is mostly about saying, "This is something I enjoy." Pretty basic.
The Nun of That
THE CALLINGS: MONKLY & NUNLY DISCIPLINES AND EXAMPLES
Humor never hurts. In fact, it can be a lubricant to help us get a little more honest and accepting - about our self and others.
THE PATH OF THE NOTHINGNESS - it's not all laughs
SCRIPTURES FROM THE NOTHINGNESS: HOMILIES
FACING LIFE AND DEATH
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The metaphorical quality of our monastic order... the monastery is something that is in each of us.