The monks have avowed almost total silence, interrupted only by what one of them called "the terror of the bell".A film about the monks, which is 3 hours long and nearly completely silent, is a big hit in Germany. Fascinating. The film allows you to feel what it is like to live like that.
"Once you accept the fact that when the bell rings - you just don't think about it - you just get up and go and do whatever that bell requires you to do, then, every moment that you have is a pretty permanently present moment," he says.
"You don't have to sort of plan, like 'What do I do in two years?... Where do I want my career to be in 15 years?' And the absence of language makes something - the moment itself becomes very, very strong."
January 5, 2006
"You don't have to sort of plan, like 'What do I do in two years?... Where do I want my career to be in 15 years?'"