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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.

We invite you to. . .

  • 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

1,534 Responses

  1. Greetings and blessings. I commit my life to welcome the mystery, embrace the path set before me, be Christ in this world, love all that God has created, surrender self and seek the true Self, to dance and create, to do something with this one wild and precious life.

  2. A beautiful expression of the life I want to live and the people I want to share the journey with. I ask God to help me.

  3. This is exactly what I am looking for!! Just a few days ago I wrote my own personal vows

    “In the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and under the protection of His Immaculate Mother, Mary ever Virgin, I vow to Almighty God to live a life of prayer in the world! To find my monastery right here in my own home, among my family and friends, in my work, and in my daily activities. To live in obedience to those placed over me by God and in obedience to God’s will. To serve the Poor, Sick, and Suffering wherever I may find them, and to persevere faithfully in a life of prayer and relationship with God here on earth till I reach the shores of Everlasting Life. Amen!”

    The monk manefesto says this same thing in so many ways!! I love it! I’m in!!

  4. I commit. It is time. I feel a deep sense of homecoming, and I am ready to walk this new path. Thank You x

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