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On Eastern Meditation

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Merton’s biographer, George Woodcock, once wrote that “almost from the beginning of his monastic career, Thomas Merton tentatively began to discover the great Asian religions of Buddhism and Taoism.” Merton, a longtime social justice advocate, first approached Eastern theology as an admirer of Gandhi’s beliefs on non-violence. Through Gandhi, Merton came to know the great ...more
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Published June 20th 2012 by New Directions
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Reading nuggets extracted from their context has its pitfalls but it does give a quick sense of Merton's views and thoughts on Christianity, Tao, Zen Buddhism and meditation.

For someone who has been raised in the Christian tradition, I must say he is one of few who sees convergence in Christianity and Buddhism (at least the more contemplative aspects of the Catholic tradition).

I look forward to reading more from Thomas Merton.
Deborah Adams
A gem of a book. I did not know that it was Thomas Merton's 100th birthday when I picked up this book to read at at Yoga and Mediation retreat. I was only slightly familiar with Thomas Merton before reading this book. Now I must read more of his writings.
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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...more
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