Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master: The Essential Writings

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Paulist Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 437 pages
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A one-volume anthology of the spiritual writings of the greatest spiritual master the American Catholic church has produced in this century. The selections, which are substantial in length, provide a generous sampling of Merton's vast output.
 

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This reader contains sizable portions of representative texts written over the course of Merton's monastic career. They are meant to emphasize his gifts as a "spiritual master,'' which in the ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
15
Chronology of Mertons Life
56
From The Seven Storey Mountain
63
Fire Watch July 4 1952 from The Sign of Jonas
107
From Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
121
Journals 19641965
165
Day of a Stranger
214
Hagia Sophia
257
From The Wisdom of the Desert
265
A Study from The Behavior of Titans
280
The Inner Experience
294
Learning to Live from Love and Living
357
Contemplation in a World of Action and Is the World
368
Rain and the Rhinoceros from Raids on the Unspeakable
388
A Christian Looks at Zen from Zen and the Birds
399

From The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
223
From Thoughts in Solitude
241
The General Dance from New Seeds of Contemplation
251
A Letter on the Contemplative Life
421
A Select Bibliography
432
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About the author (1992)

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. Merton's works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. He is best known for his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation.

Cunningham is professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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