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  • Seishin the Elder
    Member
    • Oct 2009
    • 521

    Monastic Rule

    I thought I would share with you the "Brief Rule of St. Romuald", the founder of the Camaldolese Order of hermits who practice a strict form of eremetic asceticism. The Rule is probably the shortest monastic rule of all the many religious orders of the Western Church, but it is truly the deepest and one that might resonant with one who sits Shikantanza.


    "Sit in your cell as in paradise, put the whole world behind you and forget it;
    like a skilled fisherman on the lookout for a catch keep a careful eye on your thoughts.

    The path you follow is in the psalms - do not leave it, if you have come with a novice's
    enthusiasm and cannot accomplish what you want, take every chance you can find to sing
    the psalms in your heart and to understand them with your head; if your mind wanders
    as you read do not give up but hurry back and try again.

    Above all realize that you are in God's presence; hold your heart there in wonder as if
    before your sovereign.

    Empty yourself completely; sit waiting, content with God's gift,
    like a little chick testing and eating nothing but what its mother brings."

    It is to things like this that I am able to point, written in the 11th century, when I am asked how I can practice Zen.

    Gassho,

    Seishin Kyrill
  • Saijun
    Member
    • Jul 2010
    • 667

    #2
    Re: Monastic Rule

    Hello Brother Seishin,

    Thank you for this.

    Metta,

    Saijun
    To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB

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    • Shohei
      Member
      • Oct 2007
      • 2854

      #3
      Re: Monastic Rule

      Thank you Seishin
      Gassho
      Shohei

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      • Myozan Kodo
        Friend of Treeleaf
        • May 2010
        • 1901

        #4
        Re: Monastic Rule

        Thanks for this gem.
        Gassho,
        Soen

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        • Seiryu
          Member
          • Sep 2010
          • 620

          #5
          Re: Monastic Rule

          Thank you for this! I will share this with others as it is truly beautiful

          Gassho

          Seiryu
          Humbly,
          清竜 Seiryu

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          • Dosho
            Member
            • Jun 2008
            • 5784

            #6
            Re: Monastic Rule

            Seishin,

            Thank you for posting this! Deep bows to you and your practice!

            Gassho,
            Dosho

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            • Hoyu
              Member
              • Nov 2010
              • 2020

              #7
              Re: Monastic Rule

              Hi Seishin,

              Wow exchange a few words with dharma ones and this description could have been written by a zen periest! Really shows that in the spiritual world one can find more similarities than differences if they only choose to look.

              Gassho,
              John
              Ho (Dharma)
              Yu (Hot Water)

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              • Shugen
                Treeleaf Unsui
                • Nov 2007
                • 4535

                #8
                Monastic Rule

                _/_

                Ron
                Meido Shugen
                明道 修眼

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                • ghop
                  Member
                  • Jan 2010
                  • 438

                  #9
                  Re: Monastic Rule

                  Thank you Seishin Kyrill.

                  What a beautiful description of that practice that transcends all differences.

                  It is interesting to note how monastic practices such as Centering Prayer are currently flooding the mainstream Christian world. I took RCIA classes once and the Priest spent more time talking about prayer and meditation than he did Catholic history. It was refreshing and enlightening. We are all seeking the same Reality. Peace brother.

                  gassho
                  Greg

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                  • Tb
                    Member
                    • Jan 2008
                    • 3186

                    #10
                    Re: Monastic Rule

                    Hi.

                    Thank you.

                    Could be put on a wallposter.

                    Mtfbwy
                    fugen
                    Life is our temple and its all good practice
                    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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                    • ctpowers8
                      Member
                      • Mar 2011
                      • 33

                      #11
                      Re: Monastic Rule

                      Thank you for sharing. I had always thought they used a modified form of the Benedictine rule thank you for teaching me something new. I spent a week with them years ago up at their northern california monastery. My brother was testing a vocation and they were super hospitable. My brother is now a Capuchin Franciscan but he still shares stories of his time with the camaldolese brothers. Oh I always wanted to ask Fr. Kyrillos are you an orthodox priest or anthonite monk. I find Hesychasm in orthodoxy a very beautiful practice.
                      Gassho
                      Chris

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                      • JohnsonCM
                        Member
                        • Jan 2010
                        • 549

                        #12
                        Re: Monastic Rule

                        It never ceases to amaze me that things like this are present in every religion. That no matter what faith or creed you identify with, if you search just a little, somewhere in all the dogma you'll find little bits and pieces that are identical with little bits and pieces found in a completely different religion, separated from the first by centuries, continents, oceans, cultures, and languages.

                        But, at their heart, always the same.
                        Gassho,
                        "Heitetsu"
                        Christopher
                        Sat today

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                        • Tobiishi
                          Member
                          • Jan 2009
                          • 461

                          #13
                          Re: Monastic Rule

                          I just a while ago lit a fire in my Cheyenne tipi and spent some time in the presence of my sovereign. It was sublime. I am often confused by the disparity between the Christianity I was raised with and the Buddhism that calls to me. Thank you sincerely for tying them together as they truly are.
                          It occurs to me that my attachment to this body is entirely arbitrary. All the evidence is subjective.

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                          • Jundo
                            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                            • Apr 2006
                            • 39441

                            #14
                            Re: Monastic Rule

                            Thank you, Fr. K.

                            Nine Bows, J
                            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                            • Myoku
                              Member
                              • Jul 2010
                              • 1487

                              #15
                              Re: Monastic Rule

                              Originally posted by JRBrisson
                              ... Really shows that in the spiritual world one can find more similarities than differences if they only choose to look.
                              !

                              _()_
                              Peter

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