A Short Discourse on Bees, Monks and Sacred Geometry
By Skye Ann Louise Taylor
Preface by Chagdud Khadro
A Monk in the Beehive introduces and carries the reader to a higher octave of beekeeping. It has been called forth by the need for a recognition of the forces informing all of life itself. Drawing on her experiences as a Buddhist monk, Skye ann louise Taylor is adroit in her perception and application of sacred principles to life in the bee hive. Sitting with bees generates attunement, attention, and amazement, and the wonders of community can be discovered by observing their self-organizing dynamics. Sacred geometry, astronomy, sacred queens and holy drones meld and swirl together in hives made of wood that resonate with the underlying formative forces moving throughout the hive and its surrounds.
"How does a monk actually get into a bee hive? Skye does it by going on a meditative journey which opens up a deep connection with nature, especially with the sacredness of the great bee. This little book brings a big and important message that goes beyond bees and their crisis." ~ Gunther Hauk, author of Toward Saving the Honeybee
"A Monk in the Bee Hive weaves together the threads of nature and spiritual practice, sitting, silence and the soun d of bees. Beekeeping and monasticism have for centuries been partners, and here this ancient practice continues, combining the mystery of the soul with the magic of the hive. Skye’s story brings sweetness and simplicity into our life, connecting us to the deeper roots of our own being. It leaves both sweetness and the fragrance of flowers behind, as well as silence and the ringing of temple bells."~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author of The Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism
"Sitting with bees generates attunement, attention, and amazement.Through A Monk in the Bee Hive the wonders of community can be discovered through observing the self-organizing dynamic created by bees. Watching the mind, the hallmark of Zen, finds apt comparisons with the mindfulness of bees." ~ Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University
Softcover | 86 pages