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New Seeds of Contemplation

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811219658

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd. New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

No Man is an Island

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590302532

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 7911

This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life. --Chicago Tribune

Seeds of Destruction

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429945073

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 9979

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day.

Dialogues with Silence

Prayers & Drawings

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061743240

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7625

An intensely personal devotional book from Thomas Merton, the ultimate spiritual writer of our time, showing his contemplative and religious side through his prayers and rarely-seen drawings. The only Merton gift book available. Dialogues with Silence contains a selection of prayers from throughout Merton's life--from his journals, letters, poetry, books--accompanied by all 100 of Merton's rarely seen, delightful Zen-like pen-and-ink drawings, and will attract new readers as well as Merton devotees. There is no other Merton devotional like this, and the paperback edition will be elegantly designed and packaged.

The Inner Experience

Notes on Contemplation

Author: Thomas Merton,William H. Shannon

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062245082

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 7738

Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton's last book, in which he draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life. Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions. Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer. But now the Merton Legacy Trust and experts have determined that the book makes such a valuable contribution as his major comprehensive presentation of contemplation that they have allowed its publication.

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811205702

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 445

View: 6724

"This is quintessential Merton." The Catholic Review."

Seeds

Author: Gail Saunders-Smith

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781560657712

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 3998

Simple text and photographs depict types of flower seeds, how they travel, and what happens when they are planted.

The Seven Storey Mountain

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156010863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 4453

A celebration of Merton's spiritual autobiography is accompanied by an introduction from the editor and a note from Merton's biographer

Seeds

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 167

View: 4574

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. Here is a remarkably accessible introduction to his work: a collection of a short, vivid excerpts arranged in four parts so as to parallel the journey of a seeking soul in the modern world. and and and andbull;and andquot;Real and False Selvesandquot; distinguishes between our real selves, a deep religious mystery known entirely only to God, and the identities we take on in order to function in society. and and and andbull;and andquot;The World We Live Inandquot; provides a spiritual context to modern life, moving from a stark rejection of its empty promises to a deep compassion for its tragic limitations. and and and andbull;and andquot;Antidotes to Illusionandquot; reflects on contemplative practices that can serve as the allies of our andquot;real selvesandquot; in the battle against illusion: silence, solitude, meditation, prayer, charity, and faith. and and and andbull;and andquot;Love in Actionandquot; explores the role of the contemplative in the modern age and the challenges and pitfalls of living a life of active love. Merton's startling critique of a society driven by technology and rampant acquisition, the politics of andquot;good versus evil,andquot; and the self-deluding complacency of the spiritual andquot;lifestyleandquot; demonstrate beyond doubt that his writings are as urgent today as they were in his lifetime.

The Sign of Jonas

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547544960

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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This diary of a monastic life is “a continuation of The Seven Storey Mountain . . . Astonishing” (Commonweal). Chronicling six years of Thomas Merton’s life in a Trappist monastery, The Sign of Jonas takes us through his day-to-day experiences at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he lived in silence and prayer for much of his life. Concluding with the account of Merton’s ordination as a priest, this diary documents his growing acceptance of his vocation—and the greater meaning he found within his private world of contemplation. “This book is made unmistakably real and almost, at times, unbearably poignant by the fact that the exuberance of youth so often wells up through it with rapture, impatience, and even bluster.” —TheNew York Times “A stirring book—the most readable and on the whole, most illuminating of the author’s writings.” —Catholic World

Life and Holiness

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781614275312

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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An Invitation to the Contemplative Life

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781593250850

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

View: 9833

Merton's gift to all of us is this simple message: the contemplative experience, which uncovers our unity with the Lord and a new vision of life, is not only for monks but for all Christians.

What Is Contemplation?

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Martino Fine Books

ISBN: 9781614275114

Category: Religion

Page: 28

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2013 Reprint of 1948 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Contemplation" is a word that Thomas Merton used again and again in his writings. It is a theme that he spent much of his life exploring. About contemplation, he wrote "Contemplation is the highest expression of man's intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant source. Contemplation is above all, awareness of the reality of that source. It knows the Source, obscurely, inexplicably, but with a certitude that goes beyond reason and beyond simple faith...It is a more profound depth of faith, a knowledge too deep to be grasped in images, in words, or even in clear concepts..." This short pamphlet is a good introduction to this important topic in the overall work of Thomas Merton.

Spiritual Direction and Meditation

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814604120

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 108

View: 8278

Examines the meaning and purpose of spiritual direction. Also provides insights into how to meditate.

Merton's Palace of Nowhere

Author: James Finley

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594713170

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 8484

For forty years, James Finley’s Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard text for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding the rich vein of Thomas Merton's thought. Spiritual identity is the quest to know who we are, to find meaning, to overcome that sense of “Is this all there is?” Merton’s message cuts to the heart of this universal quest, and Finley illuminates that message as no one else can. As a young man of eighteen, Finley left home for an unlikely destination: the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. Finley stayed at the monastery for six maturing years and later wrote this Merton’s Palace of Nowhere in order to share a taste of what he had learned on his spiritual journey under the guidance of one of the great religious figures of our time. At the heart of the quest for spiritual identity are Merton's illuminating insights—leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self to a realization of the true self. Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies of this book are found on the bookshelves of retreat centers, parish libraries, and the homes of spiritual seekers everywhere. This anniversary edition brings a classic to a new generation and includes a new preface by Finley.

The Springs of Contemplation

A Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429945110

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 6405

In the Sixties, Merton invited a group of contemplative women -- cut off by inflexible rules from any analysis of important movements in the Church and the world -- to make a retreat with him at his abbey in Kentucky. What he and they said on such themes as "Zen, a Way of Living Life Directly," "Prophetic Choices," and "The Feminine Mystique," is the text of this book.

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 9780307589521

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 8200

In this series of notes, opinions, experiences, and reflections, Thomas Merton examines some of the most urgent questions of our age. With his characteristic forcefulness and candor, he brings the reader face-to-face with such provocative and controversial issues as the “death of God,” politics, modern life and values, and racial strife–issues that are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander is Merton at his best–detached but not unpassionate, humorous yet sensitive, at all times alive and searching, with a gift for language which has made him one of the most widely read and influential spiritual writers of our time. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Silence, Joy

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 081122824X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 96

View: 2803

An inspiring gift-edition of poetry and prose from the world's favorite monk-poet In this day of mindless distraction, we’re desperate for reasons to put down our phones and reconnect with our spiritual selves. In time for the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton's death in 1968, Silence, Joy is an invitation to slow down, take a breath, make a space for silence, and open up to joy. Poet, monk, spiritual advisor, and social critic, Thomas Merton is a unique—and uniquely beloved—figure of the twentieth century, and this little rosary brings together his best-loved poems and prose. Drawn from classics like New Seeds Of Contemplation and The Way Of Chuang Tzu as well as less famous books, the writings in Silence, Joy offer the reader deep, calming stillness, flights of ecstatic praise, steadying words of wisdom, and openhearted laughter. Manna for Merton lovers and a warm embrace for novices, this slim collection is a delightful gift.

Contemplative Prayer

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd

ISBN: 9780232526042

Category: Contemplation

Page: 144

View: 7156

Thomas Merton’s classic study of monastic prayer and contemplation brings a tradition of spirituality alive for the present day. But, as A M Allchin points out in his Introduction to this new edition, Contemplative Prayer also shows us the present day in a new perspective, because we see it in the light of a long and living tradition.

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