The Wisdom of the Desert [NOOK Book]

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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books—surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.

The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the ...
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The Wisdom of the Desert

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Overview

The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books—surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.

The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.



The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220132
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 289,471
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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
.
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