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Travel & Pilgrimages

The Importance of Community in Contemplation

Community at Shambhala Meditation Center The Shambhala Meditation Center of St. Petersburg, Florida is a bit tricky to find after sundown. Located in a large building occupied by alternative healers and a yoga studio in a residential neighborhood in downtown St. Pete, the entrance to the...

Inner Peace is a Global Responsibility

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.[i] — Black Elk For centuries, saints and sages have taught that world peace originates from an inner source. Yet it has taken millennia for us to...

Insights From my Backyard Pilgrimage

We are all great rivers flowing to their end Swirling inside us is the silt of ages and creatures and lands And rain that has fallen for millions of years. All this makes us cloudy with mud Unable to see God. As we struggle for clarity and the open sky The Lord keeps saying the same thing: Come...

In the Footsteps of Dogen

“Each day is valuable…. Do not compare it with a dragon’s bright pearl. A dragon’s pearl may be found. But this one day out of a hundred years cannot be retrieved once it is lost.” Eihei Dogen I had never dreamed of going to China, but a friend told me about...

The Manifesto of New Monasticism

There is a new monasticism forming in the world today, and Roy McEntee is at the forefront forging the manifestos of the movement. Prologue “We assert that new monasticism names an impulse that is trying to incarnate itself in the new generation. It is beyond the borders...

A Pilgrimage of Silence to Follow St. Teresa of Avila

In recent years I have made pilgrimages of silence to the places in Spain where John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila lived, worked, and died. I call them pilgrimages of silence because I go alone and in visiting the various sites, try to...