November 03, 2006

Monks in the West II: "Authentic Practices of Celibacy and Intimacy in Monastic Communities of Men"

St. John Abbey
Collegeville, Minnesota

This was the second “Monks in the West” interreligious meeting. The Catholic participants came from six Benedictine monasteries and two Cistercian monasteries. [Cistercian monasteries are also Benedictine, but generally observe much more seclusion from public life than do most Benedictine monasteries.]

The participating Buddhist monks came from the Theravada, Mahayana, and Tibetan traditions.

Buddhist monasticism and celibacy began five to seven centuries before Christian monasticism first appeared.

The first session of the meeting was a discussion of theory, the reasons for celibacy in the two respective religions.

In the second session, the monks discussed the practice or interior cultivation of celibacy.

In their third session, the Catholic and Buddhist monks presented the ways their respective disciplines deal with transgressions and failure.

The final session focused on what fosters and what degrades the growth of friendship and healthy intimacy within communities of celibates.

The “Monastic Interreligious Dialogue” website has more details about the meeting.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

It's amazing how the Holy Spirit comes rushing from one's mouth:

"When some college kids asked me: ‘How can you live without sex?’ an answer came that wasn’t even planning on: ‘God’s a better kisser.’"

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, Sorry if this is a silly question, but do priests and religious go through certain training or education or read books on how to remain celibate-- Specifically on how to avoid or deal with the feelings or desires

1:48 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Our formation programs provide us with formation regarding being at peace in the face of our human feelings and living with them in a wholesome and holy way.

2:41 PM  

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