Mystics and Zen Masters

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 29, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 pages
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Thomas Merton was recognized as one of those rare Western minds that are entirely at home with the Zen experience. In this collection, he discusses diverse religious concepts-early monasticism, Russian Orthodox spirituality, the Shakers, and Zen Buddhism-with characteristic Western directness. Merton not only studied these religions from the outside but grasped them by empathy and living participation from within. "All these studies," wrote Merton, "are united by one central concern: to understand various ways in which men of different traditions have conceived the meaning and method of the 'way' which leads to the highest levels of religious or of metaphysical awareness."

 

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Contents

MYSTICS AND ZEN MASTERS
3
CLASSIC CHINESE THOUGHT
45
LOVE AND TAO
69
THE JESUITS IN CHINA
81
FROM PILGRIMAGE TO CRUSADE
91
VIRGINITY AND HUMANISM IN THE WESTERN FATHERS
113
THE ENGLISH MYSTICS
128
SELFKNOWLEDGE IN GERTRUDE MORE AND AUGUSTINE BAKER
154
PROTESTANT MONASTICISM
188
PLEASANT HILL
193
CONTEMPLATION AND DIALOGUE
203
ZEN BUDDHIST MONASTICISM
215
THE ZEN KOAN
235
THE OTHER SIDE OF DESPAIR
255
BUDDHISM AND THE MODERN WORLD
281
NOTES
289

RUSSIAN MYSTICS
178

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Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.

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