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Monk Manifesto

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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.

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  • Sign the Monk Manifesto below (scroll all the way to the bottom for the comment box). State your solidarity with others who want to express their inner monk in everyday life.
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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

1,442 Responses

  1. I subscribe to the weekly update. I’ve done an online course and I use and have shared the Lectio Divina book. I have a spiritual companion and try to live in gratitude. I also like Richard Rohr, Bro David, Henri Nouwen …

  2. Beautiful. Beautiful. Here’s to affirming and deepening a commitment that I know lives deep within me. Grateful for this community and the space to stretch and begin again and anew.

  3. I’m here. It’s time to stretch into this, again. I’ve wandered, and while I haven’t wholly stepped away, neither have I been intentional in my practices or awareness. I’m here.

  4. Oh yes, with both hands up in joy and reverence, I commit to this Manifesto. Thank you for your embrace and warm welcome into this nourishing and inspiring way to step more fully into contemplative, Monk-like living in this material world. ✨🙏🕊️💕

  5. Reading the Monks Manifesto, I felt my heart swell. I am joining a community of soul friends and welcome the learning and sharing on this path. Step by step, I have been designing my own way of being in this world and to discover some kindred spirits would be wonderful.

  6. After spending some time with Simon de Voil at Kanuga and meeting some dancing monks I’m grateful to become a part of this creative space and to find soul companions for this journey.

  7. Here’s to a new start. What a happiness to find a community that appreciates the grace of solitude. I hope to make new friends who share these values, so that I can relearn to open my heart to those who would hijack my spirit for their own personal profit. Here, I gratefully shake the dust off my feet as my testimony against them.

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