Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has millions of copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages. He wrote over sixty other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race.

After a rambunctious youth and adolescence, Merton converted to Roman Catholicism and entered the Abbey of Gethsemani, a community of monks belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists), the most ascetic Roman Catholic monastic order.

The 27 years in Gethsemani brought about profound changes in his self-understanding. This ongoing conversion impelled him into the political arena, where he became, according to Daniel Berrigan, the conscience of the peace movement of the 1960's. Referring to race and peace as the two most urgent issues of our time, Merton was a strong supporter of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which he called "certainly the greatest example of Christian faith in action in the social history of the United States." For his social activism Merton endured severe criticism, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, who assailed his political writings as unbecoming of a monk.

During his last years, he became deeply interested in Asian religions, particularly Zen Buddhism, and in promoting East-West dialogue. After several meetings with Merton during the American monk's trip to the Far East in 1968, the Dali Lama praised him as having a more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. It was during this trip to a conference on East-West monastic dialogue that Merton died, in Bangkok on December 10, 1968, the victim of an accidental electrocution.

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Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

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"This is quintessential Merton." The Catholic Review.These pages reveal the character and circumstances of a rare and beloved person. It is a book which seemingly ends in tragedy, but the tragic element, which is a part of life, is transcended by his vibrant humanity. So says Amiya Chakravarty, consulting editor of this work.

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Seven Storey Mountain

50th Anniversary Edition
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A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the 20th century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton’s editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William Shannon.

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Thomas Merton

Essential Writings
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In Thomas Merton, Essential Writings, Christine Bochen has performed a wonderful service to all who know and will come to know Merton through his writings. She presents his works in the framework of his vocation -- the call to contemplation, the call to compassion, and the call to unity.

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Book of Hours

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Merton was the 20th century’s most popular proponent of the Christian contemplative tradition.

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Bread in the Wilderness

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Bread in the Wilderness sets forth Merton's belief that "the Psalms acquire, for those who know how to enter into them, a surprising depth, a marvelous and inexhaustible actuality.

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Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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In this series of notes, opinions, experiences, and reflections, Thomas Merton examines some of the most urgent questions of our age.

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Contemplative Prayer

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In this classic text (first published in 1969), Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences—from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today.

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Gandhi On Non Violence

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For many people the world over, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) is the greatest figure of the 20th century which, by all accounts, has been an era of the most unimaginable widespread violence, cruelty, hatred and destruction in all of human history.

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Inner Experience

Notes on Contemplation
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Thomas Merton’s final book explores the meaning and daily practice of contemplation—the heart of monastic and religious experience. This is his most comprehensive work on the subject.

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Ishi Means Man

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Mystics & Zen Masters

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Thomas Merton was recognized as one of those rare Western minds that are entirely at home with the Zen experience. In this collection, he discusses diverse religious concepts—early monasticism, Russian Orthodox spirituality, the Shakers, and Zen Buddhism—with characteristic Western directness.

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New Man

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The New Man shows Thomas Merton at the height of his powers and he as its theme the question of spiritual identity. What must we do to recover possession of our true selves?

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New Seeds Of Contemplation

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In print for more than 40 years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for generations of spiritual seekers, Christians and non-Christians alike, who have praised it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St.

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No Man Is An Island

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Here, in one of his most popular of his more than thirty books, Thomas Merton provides further meditations on the spiritual life in sixteen thoughtful essays, beginning with his classic treatise "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away." This sequel to Seeds of Contemplation provides fresh insight into Merton's favorite topics of silen

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On Christian Contemplation

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"Every moment and every event in every man's life on Earth plants something in his soul," wrote Thomas Merton. A Trappist monk, Merton was both a poet and a theologian who pondered monastic life.

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On Eastern Meditation

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Merton's biographer, George Woodcock, once wrote that "almost from the beginning of his monastic career, Thomas Merton tentatively began to discover the great Asian religions of Buddhism and Taoism." Merton, a longtime social justice advocate, first approached Eastern theology as an admirer of Gandhi's beliefs on non-violence.

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