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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain.

Books by Thomas Merton

  • 9780811205702 72

    The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton, Patrick Hart, James Laughlin, Naomi Burton Stone, Amiya Chakravarty

    Paperback, 1975

    "This is quintessential Merton."—The Catholic Review.
  • 9780811201049 72

    Zen and the Birds of Appetite

    Thomas Merton

    Paperback, 1968

    Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners.
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    On Eastern Meditation

    Thomas Merton, Bonnie Thurston

    Paperback, 2013

    A great introduction to the religions of the East by a monk from the West.
  • 9780811219969 72

    On Christian Contemplation

    Thomas Merton, Paul Pearson

    Paperback, 2013

    A compendium of spiritual guidance in a beautiful special edition.
  • 9780811217248 72

    New Seeds of Contemplation

    Thomas Merton, Sue Monk Kidd

    Paperback, 2007

    One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.
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    Silence, Joy

    Thomas Merton, Christopher Wait

    Paperback, 2018

    An inspiring gift-edition of poetry and prose from the world's favorite monk-poet