Too Much Garlic


I am an Orthodox Christian Monk born in Brooklyn, NY in 1949.  I am not Hawaiian.  My intersection with Hawaiʻi came in 2004 from within my monastic experience and its values which have formed me now for forty years.  Monasticism, whether East or West, is about living a life that is straightforward, free of pretense and flirtation, free of game-playing.  It is a life that is more conducive to authentic and genuine relationships with others.  Being a monk has helped me to learn how to love others for themselves and not for whatever thrills they can give me.  In short, monasticism and its values and ascetic tools have taught me how to be authentic!

What could be more primal, more basic, than relationships?  So far as I can see from Mainland, relationship is what all of Hawaiʻi’s values are grounded in: Aloha, ʻOhana, Kuleana!  Living rightly with…

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