Any tradition, any spiritual house, will fossilize without being open to new influences, and it will not stand without some grounding. Both tradition and openness are long habits of Benedictine practice. And hospitality, welcoming the other, is a central aspect of Benedictine spirituality that points it outward from its tradition. Benedict was very clear that monasteries should always have guests, should welcome them, and treat them honorably. The Sufi spiritual teacher and poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī makes a similar point, with more extreme imagery, in his poem “The Guest House.”
With cloisterseminars.org we envision a
that merges intellectual seeking and contemplative practice with monastic wisdom and hospitality.
We invite you to come along on this journey.
Almut & Chuck
Drs. Almut Furchert & Chuck Huff
Northfield, MN, USA
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