The Wisdom of the Desert (Google eBook)

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New Directions Publishing, Jan 17, 1970 - 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.
  

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Review: The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Merton translated and compiled the wisdom and advice of monks living a hermit-like life in the desert in the fourth century. It's an interesting collection with some wonderful bits. I've listed some ... Read full review

Review: The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century

User Review  - Kelby Cotton - Goodreads

This is my third time through with the book and Merton, as almost always happens, informs and guides. I found his introduction to be as relevant today as when I read it for the first time 30 years ago ... Read full review

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain.

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