Monk Manifesto

Want to join me in starting a monk revolution?

Let's spread a commitment to contemplation, creativity, and compassion far and wide!

For a PDF version of the Monk Manifesto click the link to download a printable file.

The Monk Manifesto is also available in Spanish, German, and Norwegian translations.  Click here for PDFs of Manifesto del MonjeMönchs Manifest, and Munkemanifestet.

I invite you to. . .


Monk: from the Greek monachos meaning single or solitary, a monk in the world does not live apart but immersed in the everyday with a single-hearted and undivided presence, always striving for greater wholeness and integrity

Manifesto: from the Latin for clear, means a public declaration of principles and intentions.

Monk Manifesto: A public expression of your commitment to live a compassionate, contemplative, and creative life.

1. I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.

2. I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.

3. I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path, soul friends with whom I can share my deepest longings, and mentors who can offer guidance and wisdom for the journey.

4. I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy asceticism by discerning my use of energy and things, letting go of what does not help nature to flourish.

5. I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.

6. I commit to rhythms of rest and renewal through the regular practice of Sabbath and resist a culture of busyness that measures my worth by what I do.

7. I commit to a lifetime of ongoing conversion and transformation, recognizing that I am always on a journey with both gifts and limitations.

8. I commit to being a dancing monk, cultivating creative joy and letting my body and "heart overflow with the inexpressible delights of love."*


*quote is from the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict

867 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. ghislaine salter says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I feel very privileged. I commit to the manifesto publicly. Looking forward to the discovery.

  2. aletheia mystea says:

    Hi I'm trying to sign up and don't know if I did this right! I live the Monk Manifesto so that's not an issue! My creeds are on my FB page, Green Theology Ministries:Earth Rites, Animal Rites, Human Rites. I also have Heartistry in MotionLLC and The Heartistry Hub which is going to be my blog communion page. In the meantime all of it is happening on FB. I feel a great kinship with The Abbey and look forward to visiting! Thanks Alethiea M. Mystea MA: monk, Celtic Christian mystic, minister, priestess, medicine woman.

  3. I commit publicly to a life lived according to the manifesto. This is a life I have long ago chosen and daily lived but as a solitary. The importance of community in this beautiful ministry touches me deeply and I feel I have finally found a home here in these teachings. Blessings to all and as I have written for decades, "Each one, reach one, and love, always love."

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