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

802 Responses to "Monk Manifesto"

  1. Amy says:

    Oh, this is beautiful and necessary and very, very good. And I stand with you all and commit to live to the best of my ability as a Monk in the World.

  2. Susan Z says:

    Yes. Interesting that I found this website just as I was finishing writing a paper on developing and committing to a Rule of Life.




  3. virginia says:

    Thank you.

  4. Frances says:

    What an unexpected, delightful gift to discover you all on this journey. Yes!

  5. Tracie says:

    As the saying goes, the teacher appears when the student is ready. I am so ready for this – thank you!

  6. Barbara Davis says:

    It has been a wonderful gift to have this Monk Manifesto as a guide and companion over the past eight (plus) weeks. I have been on a "creative sabbatical" as I recover from surgery and chemotherapy following a diagnosis of cancer ( that is now "history").
    This series and the Artist's Rule have helped me in processing what has been a significant period in my life. I will continue to revisit the principles as I discern next steps in what it looks like to be a Monk in the World. Thank You!

  7. Lori says:

    How serendepitous! Finding this group: A timely answer to prayer.

  8. Mark says:

    Wonderful resource of support!!

  9. Thank you for the opportunity to be a monk in the world today. I'm a Mercy Associate (nigh on 20 years) and am now very grateful to have found you guys and gals. I'm committing to the Monk Manifesto today. I'm a contemplative by nature and practice Lectio Divina. I also love dancing and the arts in general. Kinship with creation is also very important, especially as much of this planet is in dire straights at present. Hospitality comes as a natural way for me as a wife, mother of four adult children and grandmother of five beautiful little gifts from God. May we always stay committed to this way of being in the world.
    May God bless you and keep you safe,

  10. Elaine says:

    I am convinced that God has led me here. It seems there are no accidents in what He sends my way. Always just what I need.

  11. yes, and thank you for creating this opportunity for deeper commitment and community.
    Caroline Marvin

  12. Kathy says:

    To all of these I commit, with hope in my heart. Thank you.

  13. Jenny Meyers says:

    I am so very grateful to become a part of this community and participate in its beautiful Rule of Life. I am looking forward to the continuing journey with all of you…

  14. dorrussell says:

    The Monk Manifesto Sooo Fits Into My Life.

    I have been searching for an Abbey of the Arts for a long time!!!

    I have a blog called The Hermitage.
    I recently found a retreat center
    Desert House of Prayer – which has hermitages
    and I was putting it on my future to do list.

    I found your site through David Frenette's facepage.
    and I am soooo happy.

    thank u for your existence!!!!!


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