What is a Monastery?

Human civilization has developed a number of special organizations that train experts in specific domains. If you want to train the world’s best cancer researcher, there is a long curriculum of medical study and practice…

Monasteries of the Future: A Summary

A friend of mine from the Monastic Academy, Miles Bukiet, left the monastery and finished his Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at UPenn. When he shared his thesis paper with us, I was tremendously…

The Problems We Face

Some time ago, I asked Twitter how they would describe the problems we are facing collectively as a species and on this planet. I received a number of fascinating answers: scarcity mindset versus abundance mindset;…

Trustworthy Leaders

At the Monastic Academy, we are trying to create trustworthy leaders. That is the goal of our residential training program. Our teacher, Soryu Forall, gives a very specific definition of trustworthiness. An individual can be…

Monasteries Bibliography

The longer I train in monasteries, the more I become interested in monasteries as social institutions, and in aspects that are incidental to their purpose. This includes the social, political, economic, technological, and historical dimensions…