Gandhi: Dedication to Truth

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

GANDHI. TO COME IN CONTACT WITH MOHANDAS K. GANDHI through his works or writings is to be left with a sense of gratitude for his dedication to truth. His vision was comprehensive. He modeled a life devoted to silence and prayer; a life of mystical insight conveyed in the most accessible terms. Yet its depth …

Rest: Monastic Life is Arduous

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

REST. MONASTIC LIFE CAN BE ARDUOUS. It is not by any means an easy life, for the majority of monastic communities support themselves through making products to sell or tilling the land or working in schools and missions. Despite the fact that many monks lead active lives, there is a palpable presence of rest in …

Freedom: Liberation from False Desires

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

FREEDOM. MONASTICISM LEADS US AWAY FROM BONDAGE AND TOWARD THE FREEDOM OF THE TRUE SELF. At times it can be difficult to uncover all that binds us. But monasticism is designed to liberate us from false desires and toward the soul’s freedom of choice, a reality that the ego-self and the material world are simply …

Prayer: Another Manner of Being

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

PRAYER. PRAYER OR MEDITATION IS THE CENTRAL PRACTICE IN MONASTIC SPIRITUALITY. The space, geographic location, and natural surroundings of the monastery buildings are chosen to be beneficial for these devotional activities. Likewise, the internal atmosphere, respect for each monk’s solitude, and non-hurried movement in hallways are important to the conversion of life that monasticism requires. …

The Cell: Inner Transformation

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

THE CELL. THE MONK’S CELL IS HISTORICALLY A PLACE OF ENCLOSURE; but also it is a metaphor for inner transformation. Thus, a vital aspect of a monk’s life is self-transformation in order to aspire toward mystical depth. It is daily confrontation with a person’s façade of personality—the illusions, desires, and attachments of the false self—to …