Looking for resources about monastic life
November 25, 2012 1:28 PM Subscribe
Books / resources about monastic life? I am thinking of writing a story set in a completely fictional setting, and I'd like to research more ideas of what life is like in a monastery or abbey.
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The story I want to write is going to be based in a totally fictional kind of monastery and abbey, so I would like to learn more about any kind of monastic tradition. I know just a little about Christian and Buddhist monasteries from my reading in the past, and movies and such, but I'd like to know your favorites that really give a good flavor of what life is like in a monastery.
I do not plan on picking a specific sort of monastery / abbey to write about, but rather I'd like to do some sort of amalgam of the traits of the various ones I research.
I am not really a writer - this is the first big story I want to write. The idea just came to me one day pretty forcefully and I'd like to put it to paper.
So what are your favorite bits of media about monasteries and abbeys?
Thanks in advance for any help.