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The Monastery Magazine

“Who am I?”

Philosophy underpins our world view and seeks to explain who we are, our relationship with each other and the world. It examines why humans are the way we are and searches for the meaning of life.

Why ought we act in certain ways? What is intrinsically valuable in life?

We live in uniquely challenging times. Through no fault of our own, we find ourselves, philosophically speaking, in a fragmented, frightened and fractured world. There seems to be little coherence or harmony between diverse individuals and cultures. On the other hand, deep divisions - within ourselves, each other and the natural world we depend upon to survive - are apparent across the entire globe.

We at Manchester modern-day Monastery believe that the time has come to remember the wisdom of the ancients. To re-explore notions of who we are, what we're doing here and why it matters.

We aim to begin a conversation that re-imagines human beings. That we, as a species, have infinitely more in common than we have been led to believe, not only with one another but with all other forms of life.

If this sounds like your kind of philosophy, read on.

Browse Philosophy Articles





24 / 10 / 22

Is Science Finally Accepting The Extraordinary? | Dr. Jeannine Goh

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla Have you ever had an experience that blew your mind and shook your reality? Have you had an experience that made you question all that you knew? […]


Manchester modern day Monastery garden



02 / 07 / 21

What Is A ‘Modern-Day Monastery’? | Dr. Jeannine Goh

Here at Manchester’s modern-day Monastery, we are only too aware of the global environmental crisis, the escalating rise in mental distress, the rising gap between the wealthy and those in poverty, the gulf between science and spirituality (that has lead to deep rooted confusion) and now the collective trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are […]


Alan Watts


25 / 06 / 21

Alan Watts | The Tao of Philosophy – Essential Lectures Collection (audio)

Who am I? Why am I here? What is the nature of the world around me? These are the questions posed by Alan Watts (1915 – 1973)—noted professor, graduate-school dean, Harvard University research fellow, and Episcopal priest. Watts, in his witty, humorous signature style, examines these eternal philosophical questions from the perspective of Taoism. In […]


Universal truth


18 / 06 / 21

In Search of Universal Truths | Dr. Jeannine Goh

In Search of Universal Truths “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed” Einstein We have reached […]