The Pocket Thomas Merton

The Pocket Thomas Merton


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The Pocket Thomas Merton by Thomas Merton

A treasury of wisdom from the influential Christian contemplative, political activist, social visionary, and literary figure.

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was spiritual parent to a generation—and his influence, through his many books, has only increased in the half-century since his death.   He was a hermit who maintained a compelling correspondence with some of the most influential thinkers of his age;  he was a social and political activist whose ideas had a seminal influence in the world beyond his monastic cloister; and he was a Christian who saw through the boundaries of religious identity in a way that was truly ahead of his time.  This collection of short excerpts from his voluminous writings covers all of the famous Trappist monk’s main themes, thus serving as a perfect short introduction to his work in his own words.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series.

The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611803761
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Shambhala Pocket Library Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 544,923
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

THOMAS MERTON (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert A. F. Thurman ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Real and False Selves 1

Part 2 The World We Live In 17

Unreal City 19

The Technological Imperative 32

Events and Pseudo-Events 36

Part 3 Antidotes to Illusion 41

Truth 43

Silence 46

Solitude 48

Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation 54

Monasticism 64

Faith 68

Charity 74

Humility 75

Vocation 83

God 86

Part 4 Love in Action 95

Toward a Theology of Love 97

Nonviolence 111

Sainthood 122

Notes 129

Sources 131

Credits 135

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"I heartily recommend purchasing this book, not merely to add to one's shelf of Merton collectibles, but to read it, stunned by its beauty. It glitters with sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, each flashing with extraordinary power. Everything fits and radiates here. I thought I had read Merton . . . and then I walked into Inchausti's garden of diamonds."—Gray Matthews, The Merton Seasonal

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