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Shambhala Publications, 2002 - Religion - 167 pages
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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.

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More of a smorgasbord of some great zencatholic Merton stuff than anything coherent. Some great insights in social media. Worth having on the shelf for either super casual or intense Merton/Zen/60s Catholics, but you'll want it as a sort of encyclopedic supplement, not a standalone. Read full review

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Merton is by far my favorite monk, and I dig monks, poets and troubadours. These are the folks who help keep me from cynicism, despair and hopelessness in this modern world. It's easy to lose one's ... Read full review



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Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain.

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