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New Seeds of Contemplation

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This is the revised and enlarged edition of Merton's spiritual reflections from his life as a monk, first published as Seeds of Contemplation.


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This is the revised and enlarged edition of Merton's spiritual reflections from his life as a monk, first published as Seeds of Contemplation.
-Publisher

This work of spiritual meditation seeks to reawaken the inner depths of the spirit and to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in spiritual life.'
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 173959
  • Product Code 086012293X
  • EAN 9780860122937
  • Pages 256
  • Department General Books
  • Category Devotions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Burns And Oates
  • Publication Date Apr 1999
  • Dimensions 220 x 135mm
  • Weight 0.300kg

Thomas Merton

Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death.
His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.

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