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The Wisdom Of The Desert

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 9780811220132
Genre : Religion
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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books—surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit. The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East. The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.
Category: Religion

The Asian Journal Of Thomas Merton

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0811205703
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"This is quintessential Merton." The Catholic Review."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Collected Poems Of Thomas Merton

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0811207692
Genre : Poetry
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"First published by New Directions ... as NDP504 in 1980"--P. opposite t.p. verso.
Category: Poetry

The Desert Fathers

Author : Peter H. Görg
ISBN : 9781586174453
Genre : Religion
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In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father. Among these Desert Fathers one figure is especially preeminent: Saint Anthony the Hermit. This book takes the reader back to the hour when monasticism was born and describes the life of those revolutionary Christians who sought God in the Egyptian desert. The focus of the book is the life and work of Saint Anthony, whose experiences of the spiritual life have a timeless beauty and validity, even for those not called to live as a monk. The second half of the book presents other Desert Fathers, such as Paul of Thebes, Pachomius, and Simeon Stylites, as well as the great founders of the monastic communities in Western Europe who were inspired by them: John Cassian, Columban, and Benedict, for example.
Category: Religion

Thomas Merton In Alaska

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0811210383
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author shares hiw views on prayer, religious life, the priestly tradition, and spiritual growth
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Zen And The Birds Of Appetite

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 9780811219723
Genre : Philosophy
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Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners. "Zen enriches no one," Thomas Merton provocatively writes in his opening statement to Zen and the Birds of Appetite--one of the last books to be published before his death in 1968. "There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while... but they soon go elsewhere. When they are gone, the 'nothing,' the 'no-body' that was there, suddenly appears. That is Zen. It was there all the time but the scavengers missed it, because it was not their kind of prey." This gets at the humor, paradox, and joy that one feels in Merton's discoveries of Zen during the last years of his life, a joy very much present in this collection of essays. Exploring the relationship between Christianity and Zen, especially through his dialogue with the great Zen teacher D.T. Suzuki, the book makes an excellent introduction to a comparative study of these two traditions, as well as giving the reader a strong taste of the mature Merton. Never does one feel him losing his own faith in these pages; rather one feels that faith getting deeply clarified and affirmed. Just as the body of "Zen" cannot be found by the scavengers, so too, Merton suggests, with the eternal truth of Christ.
Category: Philosophy

Words And Silence

Author : Thérèse Lentfoehr
ISBN : 0811207129
Genre : Poetry
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Perceptions born of her friendship with Merton over the course of nearly three decades are shared in Sister Therese Lentfoehr's analysis of the entire corpus of the late Trappist monk's poetry.
Category: Poetry

The Way Of Chuang Tz

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0811201031
Genre : Philosophy
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Free renderings of selections from the works of Chuang-tzŭ, taken from various translations.
Category: Philosophy

Raids On The Unspeakable

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0811201015
Genre : Literary Collections
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Essays, meditations, parables, and verse offer insights into the absurdities and disorders of the modern world, the human crisis, and the benefits of Christian hope
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Thomas Merton And James Laughlin

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 0393040690
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The thirty-year correspondence between the religious writer and his faithful publisher traces the widening of Merton's focus from the internal to the social and global, and the development of his consciousness of himself as a public writer.
Category: Literary Criticism