Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer

by Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh
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Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change.

Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today’s world.

In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307589538
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Series: Image Classics
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 170,940
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

THOMAS MERTON (1915-1968), Trappist monk, author, and peace activist, came to international prominence at a young age with his classic autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain. Over the rest of his life he wrote prolifically on a vast range of topics, including prayer, interior growth, social responsibility, violence, and war. Toward the end of his life he played a significant role in introducing Eastern religions to the West. He is today regarded as a spiritual master, a brilliant religious writer, and a man who embodied the quest for God and human solidarity in the modern world.

THICH NHAT HANH is an internationally respected Zen poet and teacher. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Zen Keys and Living Buddha Living Christ.


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Contemplative Prayer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book by Thomas Merton. The book helps us understand much about the monastic order. It is revealing about the life of a monk. And, Merton was a monk. Even though the book was written for monks, it is very helpful to all who are seeking to understand prayer. The book is rather brief, but it is filled with many excellent lessons and thoughts on prayer. It deals with meditation. As Merton writes, 'Some people may doubtless have a spontaneous gift for meditative prayer. This is unusual today. Most men have to learn how to meditate.' Merton helps us to see the influence of the early Christian Fathers upon meditation and contemplative prayer. If you desire to learn about contemplation and the power of prayer, this book will be most helpful. As Merton writes, 'The most important need in the Christian world today is this inner truth nourished by the Spirit of contemplation: the praise and love of God, the longing for the coming of Christ, the thrist for the manifestation of God's glory, his truth, his justice, his Kingdom in the world.' This book is well worth your time. You will find it very helpful.
lazyape More than 1 year ago
It is not necessarily mystic. It does not need to be rigidly segregated from ritualistic or active prayer. It does not oppose the initial benefit from concrete images, symbols, and sacraments. I find these reminders gentle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to pursue a spiritual aspect of life, whether through total commitment in the clergy or just so as to nourish your restless soul; this book was very much written for you. Filled with wordless beauty, the thoughts of Merton are profound and powerful. Truly, this is an empyrean treasure for all those who are in search of truth.
jmgallen 5 months ago
“Contemplative Prayer” is Thomas Merton’s guide to its subject. Laced with numerous quotations from saints and others who have addressed the topic it is thought provoking and profound. Although clearly written for monks, it is of benefit to the laity and others outside the monatery. I listened to the audio CD version. I think that this work requires reflection and the ability to review what has been read to really appreciate its meaning. I feel that I have a better appreciation of the Dark Night of the Soul than I had before listening to this, but I recommend a written version and time for anyone desiring to derive the maximum benefit from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and informative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author tried to raise the very controversial issue. I think it was succesfully. And I should say that Contemplative Prayer and a crossing or the drop's history by Anatoliy Obraztsov were the best books I've read this summer. I mean spiritual books.
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