Maxime the monk lives on a pillar.
When he wants to step down out of the clouds, the 59-year-old scales a 131-foot ladder, which takes him about 20 minutes. Photographer Amos Chapple
heard about Maxime while working in the country of Georgia, and when he first arrived and asked to go up, he was told no. Chapple stayed and prayed with the men at the base for four days before he was told he could ascend the pillar. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm
on Aug 4, 2013 -
One of America's most idiosyncratic musical geniuses was, of course, the great Thelonious Monk (Wiki
), and what better way to celebrate his birthday today than viewing (in its entirety!) an excellent documentary on the man and his music? Straight, No Chaser
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 10, 2011 -
The Monks Formed in the early '60s by American G.I.s stationed in Germany
. After their discharge, the group settled in Germany to concentrate on finding a unique sound, and soon began to shave their hair into Monk's tonsures
and appear in cassocks
. One of the truely original
bands of the 60's, The Monks are now often refered to as 'proto-punk
'. The Monks experimented
fervently, developing a unqiue sound, with heavy bass, repetitive but amelodic rhythms, nursery rhyme style, yet powerful vocals
and a good helping of feedback
. They recorded only one albumn, Black Monk Time
, until their 1999 reunion
.Hear some tracks from the albumn
See and hear The Monks Live in Germany
, Also, check out Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
, a documentary (with trailer
, though there seems to be something wrong with it). [Trivia: the song I Hate You can be heard in the background in one scene in the bowling alley in The Big Lebowski]
posted by MetaMonkey
on Apr 21, 2006 -
Dalai Llama muses: meditating monk sets "positive emotion" record
: The 14th Dalai Llama, Tenzin Gyatso, muses on new research on the benefits of mindfulness meditation: "A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has found that a small amount of "mindfulness meditation" results in positive, lasting changes in the brain and immune system."
The mainstream medical community in the U.S. has now acknowledge the significant benefits of mindfulness meditatiion - "...a significant decrease in symptoms, both during and after the course."
[ Tenzin Gyatso ] "The calamity of 9/11 demonstrated that modern technology and human intelligence guided by hatred can lead to immense destruction. Such terrible acts are a violent symptom of an afflicted mental state. To respond wisely and effectively, we need to be guided by more healthy states of mind, not just to avoid feeding the flames of hatred, but to respond skillfully. We would do well to remember that the war against hatred and terror can be waged on this, the internal front, too."
.....I once was host to Tenzin Gyatso's brother and several other Tibetan monks for a few weeks - and was never again quite the same. So, when Tenzin Gyatso speaks, I listen.
posted by troutfishing
on Apr 25, 2003 -