On Eastern Meditationby Thomas Merton
A great introduction to the religions of the East by a monk from the West.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/p>
A great introduction to the religions of the East by a monk from the West.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 Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita and in time came to have dialogues with the Dalai Lama and Taoist leader D. T. Suzuki. Merton then became deeply interested in Chuang Tzu and Zen thought. On Eastern Meditation, edited by Bonnie Thurston (author of Merton and Buddhism), gathers the best of his Eastern theological writings into a gorgeously designed gift book edition.
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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.
Scholar and poet, Bonnie Thurston is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church.
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An overview of Eastern mediatation by a Western spiritual master June 21, 2012 Thomas Merton was one of the undisputed spiritual masters of our time. His spirituality went beyond the Western, and penetrated to the very core of reality. In this reprint of his classic text, he examines meditation practices specific to the Eastern world. While written from a Christian perspective, this book is non-sectarian. It is not a wholesale endorsement of Eastern meditation; rather, it is an explanation to non-Easterners what exactly is Eastern meditation. Merton, the quintessential seeker after truth, did not let the fact that a mediation practice might not be specifically Christian. He strives to identify what is most essential to this practice, and to in fact bring it to the West. This book may in fact be more valuable to many Westerners than those of Suzuki, Nhat Hanh, etc., if they are able to accept the Latin orientation of the author. That said, you may enjoy the author's more famous The Seven Storey Mountain. For a historical look of the interaction between Buddhism and the West, check out The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture.