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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc; Reissue edition (1 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374520011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374520014
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
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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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Detailed treatment of Zen in a very considered way treading very gently on all the seemingly insurmounted problems surrounding any description of Zen Buddhism. Rest of the text is historical discourse on the classical mystic tradition, includes a good discussion on the crusades.
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Thomas Merton is a well read and scholarly author. In this book he assimilates some very difficult ideas and presents them in a form which is easily readable. If you want a good introduction to this subject then you won't do better than this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and evocative 19 Nov. 2015
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Thomas Merton is a favorite writer and thinker since I read his bestselling memoir Seven Story Mountain years ago. This book is well-written with clear exposition of the eastern mysticism he examines. I found the chapters on Confucian teachings and traditions particularly illuminating, although the entire book is written in a thoughtful way, with reflective insights about how East and West meet up when it comes to mystical pursuits. There are many provocative and evocative elements in this book for practitioners of contemplative disciplines. I wouldn't have expected anything less from a Cistercian monk with a gift for writing. For those less spiritually inclined there's plenty here to gain a better understanding of the culture and religious traditions that gave rise to contemporary Asia. Will read this book again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Treasure 14 Nov. 2013
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Thomas Merton engages your mind to the point where one reading is not enough. The book requires reading over and over to penetrate the depth of Merton's understanding of his subject matter. His fluid writing is captivating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything by Thomas Merton us worth reading. After reading ... 28 Oct. 2016
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Anything by Thomas Merton us worth reading.
After reading his books, Gethsemane Abbey in New Haven KY is on my list of places I need to see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars over view of many open minded topics 17 Dec. 2015
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Merton at some of his best. he covers many topics.
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