Contemplative Prayer

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Image Books, 1996 - Religion - 128 pages
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In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influencesfrom John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticismto create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change. Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today's world. In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.

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User Review  - Alex Stroshine - Goodreads

Thomas Merton's "Contemplative Prayer" reminds me of Henri Nouwen's (superior!) "The Way of the Heart." Merton states from the outset that his main audience are those desiring the contemplative life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

I gave this two stars instead of one as an acknowledgement that Merton's spiritual journey is obviously too rich for me to comprehend. That said, I found this book to be esoteric, overly abstract, and ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

THOMAS MERTON (1915-1968), Trappist monk, author, and peace activist, came to international prominence at a young age with his classic autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain. Over the rest of his life he wrote prolifically on a vast range of topics, including prayer, interior growth, social responsibility, violence, and war. Toward the end of his life he played a significant role in introducing Eastern religions to the West. He is today regarded as a spiritual master, a brilliant religious writer, and a man who embodied the quest for God and human solidarity in the modern world.

THICH NHAT HANH is an internationally respected Zen poet and teacher. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Zen Keys and Living Buddha Living Christ.