Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Orthopraxy in much of Buddhism and Hinduism

Orthopraxy is usually distinguished from orthodoxy. Orthodoxy refers to doctrinal correctness, whereas orthopraxy refers to right practice. What we see in many of the Eastern religions is not an emphasis upon verbal orthodoxy, but instead upon practices and lifestyles that, if you do them,not think about them, but do them, you end up changing your consciousness

This was summed up in the Eight Core Principle of the Center for Action and Contemplation: We don't think ourselves into a new way living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.

~ Richard Rohr, 2012
Adapted from Fr. Richard’s teachings on his lineage.
"...we live ourselves into a new way of thinking."

This seems to be another way of saying "actualizing the present moment".That "living" will have to be with intention, with awareness, with mindfulness practice.This is living in eternity now. We live in it now whether we recognize it or not.


A path towards realization

A path towards actualization

This makes so much more sense to me than believingIf we see reality for what it is, we have to come to a point of a " way of thinking"or live in denial. Ignorance can be bliss for only so long.

Thinking our way into...
Living our way into...

The difference can be profound for many of the cancer patients I work with daily. I have seen their belief systems trip them up so many times when they try to keep believing their way towards some outcome, instead of living what is before them and being changed in others ways besides "not having cancer".

There is always hope but hope has many different faces.

"Hope fills us with the strength to stay present, to abide in the flow of the Mercy no matter what outer storms assail us. It is entered always and only through surrender; that is, through the willingness to let go of everything we are presently clinging to. And yet, when we enter it, it enters us and fills us with its own life--a quiet strength beyond anything we have ever known." 
pg. 87
Mystical Hope by Cynthia Bourgeault

"surrender" is an act of trust...

Is not faith about trust instead of belief?

And so we live our way into a new way of thinking.



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