VII. Over the Edge

Where We Go When We Die



At some point in my forties, I was introduced to the Rule of Saint Benedict, a spiritual classic, “written by Benedict of Nursia (c. AD 480–550) for monks living communally under the authority of an abbot [or abbess].”1 The Rule became the basis for the Order of Saint Benedict, a community very much alive today around the world.2

One of Benedict’s precepts instructs the monks to “keep death daily before one’s eyes.”3 The first time I read that line, it struck me as a bummer. Why should I look away from my vital and engaged life to contemplate my mortality? Now that some years have passed, ...

Get On the Brink of Everything now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.