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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - homericgeek - LibraryThing
Read from March 13 to April 03, 2014, read count: 1 There are concepts in this book that can be used by people in any tradition. It's not my favorite of the book of Thomas Merton which I've read, but ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing
Merton is one godly man. I’ve read many books on prayer that have left a vague aftertaste of unlived academia. Contemplative Prayer, on the other hand, is a book of personal experience informed by a ... Read full review