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I have been reading Essential Monastic Wisdom: Writings on the Contemplative Life, a lovely anthology by Hugh Feiss OSB (1999, HarperSanFrancisco). In the chapter, "Silence and Speech," I find...

"Speaking is something that must be undertaken reverently and responsibly. If I reflect on what Benedict is saying, I find guidelines for my own situation. This is not a call for absolute silence (silence can after all become an instrument of the passive aggressive, and it can be isolating, hurtful), but for a restrained, disciplined, and thoughtful approach to speech."

dorkafork

Very Zen. I don't mean that lightly.

dorkafork

Very Zen. I don't mean that lightly.

dorkafork

What is the sound of one comment double posting?

gail

Eastern and Western monasticism had much in common. Both had and have a Zen flavor.

CraigC

"Speaking is something that must be undertaken reverently and responsibly. If I reflect on what Benedict is saying, I find guidelines for my own situation. This is not a call for absolute silence (silence can after all become an instrument of the passive aggressive, and it can be isolating, hurtful), but for a restrained, disciplined, and thoughtful approach to speech."

Ahhh, screw that.

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