New Seeds of Contemplation

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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.

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those ...

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Overview

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.

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For
Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

A much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation--one of the late Father Merton's most widely-read and best-loved works--New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man and to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our spiritual lives. Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811217248
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook Series , #1091
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 73,061
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer, a mystic, a poet, a social activist and a Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. His writings include such classics as The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite. Merton is the author of more than seventy books, which include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice, and ecumenism. He is considered one of the foremost spiritual guides of our times, and someone who pioneered interfaith dialogue and understanding and helped build Western understanding of mysticism and contemplation.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Author's note
1 What Is Contemplation? 1
2 What Contemplation Is Not 6
3 Seeds of Contemplation 14
4 Everything That Is, Is Holy 21
5 Things in Their Identity 29
6 Pray for Your Own Discovery 37
7 Union and Division 47
8 Solitude Is Not Separation 52
9 We Are One Man 64
10 A Body of Broken Bones 70
11 Learn To Be Alone 80
12 The Pure Heart 84
13 The Moral Theology of the Devil 90
14 Integrity 98
15 Sentences 104
16 The Root of War Is Fear 112
17 Hell as Hatred 123
18 Faith 126
19 From Faith to Wisdom 131
20 Tradition and Revolution 142
21 The Mystery of Christ 150
22 Life in Christ 158
23 The Woman Clothed with the Sun 167
24 He Who Is Not with Me Is against Me 176
25 Humility against Despair 180
26 Freedom under Obedience 191
27 What Is Liberty? 199
28 Detachment 203
29 Mental Prayer 214
30 Distractions 221
31 The Gift of Understanding 225
32 The Night of the Senses 233
33 Journey through the Wilderness 239
34 The Wrong Flame 245
35 Renunciation 250
36 Inward Destitution 262
37 Sharing the Fruits of Contemplation 268
38 Pure Love 275
39 The General Dance 290
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    Merton did for me about God what Chogyam Trungpa did for me about No God. New Seeds of Contemplation has turned me inward toward God. A gift I never conceived of ever happening to me.

    Thomas Merton's passion for connecting with God is something I had never heard or read from anyone else. In New Seeds, his non-churchy writings pulled me to the depths of my own wonderings but had yet to put words to them. He gave me back a relationship with God in a meaningful presentation of what the contemplative life is. He connected with the black of despair and pulls you limp and feeble back into the light. For anyone who is really stuck in spiritual angst this may be just the ticket.

    Previously I had read Seven Storey Mountain and became so excited at the prospect of monastic life, I was literally applying to convents. I identified so much the the exigency for the ineffable as Merton puts it. That drive to know God. I wished I could chuck it all and head for Gethsemani. Merton also connected with Buddhism and his Western perspective is so helpful in taking a deeper more confident stride onto the spiritual path.

    For anyone feeling that there has to be more... Chogyam Trungpa will be a good way to unravel your spiritual materialism. And if you are still drawn to God, Merton will redefine that relationship so that you may begin again free of preconceived notions and ideas. Both authors rocked me to the core. The battle has been bloody but it is amazing where I am now. Blessings

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