New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation

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by Thomas Merton, Jonathan Montaldo
     
 

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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.

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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 culture, 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. 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616368203
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Sales rank:
768,449
Product dimensions:
6.59(w) x 5.64(h) x 1.08(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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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