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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Passion for Peace

Reflections on War and Nonviolence
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Pocket Thomas Merton

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Seeds

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Thomas Merton is often considered the most prominent Christian contemplative of the twentieth century, but he was also a political activist, social visionary, and literary figure whose writings combine the candor of Thoreau and the moral vision of Gandhi.

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Sign of Jonas

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Begun five years after he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, The Sign of Jonas is an extraordinary view of Mertons life in a Trappist monastery, and it serves also as a spiritual log recording the deep meaning and increasing sureness he felt in his vocation: the growth of a mind that finds in its contracted physical world new intellect

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Silence, Joy

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Silent Life

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Thomas Merton wrote "The Silent Life" a decade after he took orders. In his Prologue, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life on the inside . . .

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Thomas Merton

I Have Seen What I Was Looking For, Selected Spiritual Writings
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An informative and fascinating look at Mertons life and writings by a fellow-Trappist. Pennington describes Merton as a monk, a mystic yes! A merry, mischievous monk and a modern, muddied mystic. Deadly intent upon becoming a saint what else is there to do knowing that a can of beer is a help along the way.

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Thomas Merton In Alaska

The Alaskan Conferences, Journals, and Letters
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Thomas Merton spent two weeks in Alaska in 1968 just prior to his fateful trip to the East. He had no thought of publication either of his journal or his conferences - the talks he gave to religious communities there.

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Thoughts In Solitude

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Thoughtful and eloquent, as timely (or timeless) now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude adresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. Thomas Merton writes:

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Way Of Chuang Tzu

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Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers.

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Way Of Chuang Tzu

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Chuang Tzuconsidered, along with Lao Tzu, one of the great figures of early Taoist thoughtused parables and anecdotes, allegory and paradox, to illustrate that real happiness and freedom are found only in understanding the Tao or Way of nature, and dwelling in its unity.

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When the Trees Say Nothing

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First published in 2003 and now available in paperback to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Mertons birth, When the Trees Say Nothing has sold more than 60,000 copies and continually inspires readers with its unique collection of Mertons luminous writings on nature, arranged for reflection and meditation.

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Wisdom Of The Desert

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The radical Christians who fled civilization to live as hermits in the deserts of
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Zen and the Birds of Appetite

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Thomas Merton, who died in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1968, was internationally recognized as having one of those rare Western minds which was entirely at home in Asian experience. In this collection of essays he wrote about complex Asian concepts with a Western directness.

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