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5.0 out of 5 stars The Subject Is Still Contemplation, 31 Jan 2006
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Peter Kenney (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Asian Journal (A New Directions Paperbook) (Paperback)
THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF THOMAS MERTON reads in many ways like a travelogue but the one subject which Merton manages to return to constantly is contemplation. He has an abiding curiosity about the contemplative experiences of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and virtually all mystics from any religion. Merton is especially interested in Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time he appears to remain firmly rooted in his committment to Catholicism and very appreciative of the opportunity to pursue God as a Trappist monk.
The editors have added much helpful material - including copious notes at the end of each chapter and an extensive glossary of terms.
I recommend THE ASIAN JOURNAL OF THOMAS MERTON as an intriguing book which provides a clear snapshot of Merton's thinking during the final weeks of his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of insights into "eastern" thought, 3 Nov 2013
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Although Merton, even in his published books, never becomes over didactic, they nevertheless did have to pass through the censors of his Church. Perhaps why, more often then not, I love the various Journals and Letters more than most of his writings. This Asian Journal, compiled from various jottings during his "pilgrimage" to Asia, is a wonderful collection of random thoughts and quotes from the many different books he was reading at the time, plus a record of his meeting with many people of Fiaths other thn his own, notably Buddhists. Personally I found his musings and quotes from T V Murti on the Madhyamika to be the most illuminating, but there is much else besides.

Anyway, I must give it 5 stars, but beware.......on my Kindle edition the quality of the photos is deplorable.
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