A Prayer

May all beings be happy and have the causes of happiness.

May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

May all remain in the great equanimity

Beyond attachment and aversion.

Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today by Nicholas Buxton

Interesting that Dr Buxton chose to study for the Anglican priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

Vulpes Libris

Contrary to what may be supposed, monasticism does not represent an escape from the world so much as a deeper engagement with the reality of being human. In this book, Nicholas Buxton explores the principles and paradoxes of the spiritual life, combining a lively and informative discussion of the Christian monastic tradition with the remarkable story of his own personal journey.

I was delighted to pick up this book as part of my spiritual reading matter as I’d been glued to the television when The Monastery, an excellent series about Worth Abbey, was screened a few years back. Nicholas Buxton was one of the lay participants in the series, all of whom experienced fascinating spiritual journeys, portrayed with honesty and dignity, as well as considerable ups and downs. The latter of which will come as no surprise to anyone even remotely connected to a life of faith. And…

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