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Apel, William
Signs of Peace. The Interfaith Letters of Thomas Merton
Orbis Books, 2006, pap, 202 pp, € 23.95, 9781570756818
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Bras, Kick
Leven met Thomas Merton. Wegwijzer naar vrijheid
Een kennismaking met het leven en werk van Thomas Merton. Met verlangen naar vrijheid als leidraad.

Als monnik van de trappistenorde in de Verenigde Staten en als auteur van talrijke boeken, gedichten en essays gaf Thomas Merton (1915-1968) een groot deel van zijn leven gestalte aan het verlangen naar vrijheid. Zijn zoektocht vond herkenning bij tijdgenoten, maar ook na zijn dood bleven velen gefascineerd door Mertons leven en missie. Dit boek biedt de lezer een aantal korte teksten van Merton, die door Kick Bras van een meditatief commentaar zijn voorzien. Tekst en commentaar laten zien dat vrijheid en onvrijheid op allerlei manieren in ons leven aanwezig zijn en invloed hebben.

Kick Bras is emeritus predikant van de Protestantse Kerk in Nederland, actief betrokken bij Vacare, platform voor meditatief leven, en als onderzoeker gelieerd aan het Titus Brandsma Instituut te Nijmegen. Hij publiceerde diverse boeken over mystiek en meditatie.

Meinema, 2014, pap, 134 pp, € 16.99, 9789021143842
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Bras, Kick e.a.
Mediteren met Thomas Merton, een meditatiegids bij 'Zaden van Contemplatie'
Dit boekje verschijnt ter gelegenheid van het feit dat Thomas Merton honderd jaar geleden, op 31 januari 1915, werd geboren. Er zal aan dit feit in Nederland en Belgie op verschillende wijzen aandacht worden besteed. Zo zal het beroemde boek van Merton, New seeds of contemplation, in Nederlandse vertaling verschijnen onder de titel Zaden van Contemplatie. Dit boekje is een gids om het bovenvermelde boek van Merton meditatief zich eigen te maken. Het is zowel geschikt voor persoonlijk gebruik als voor gebruik in groepen. Een boekje met 8 meditaties rond thema's van Merton
Narratio, 2015, pap, 40 pp, € 6.50, 9789052634609
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Forest, Jim
Leven met wijsheid, een biografie van Thomas Merton
Vertaald door Willy Eurlings

De Amerikaanse trappist Thomas Merton werd bekend door zijn autobiografie The Seven Storey Mountain (Louteringsberg), waarin hij zijn zoek- en zwerftocht beschreef die tot zijn bekering leidde. Als monnik verdiepte hij zich in de christelijke spirituele traditie en liet zich ook inspireren door de wijsheid van andere tradities. Zijn kritiek op de consumptiemaatschappij, zijn steun aan de vredesbeweging en zijn verzet tegen de Vietnamoorlog, werden hem niet door iedereen in dank afgenomen. Hij onderhield een uitgebreide correspondentie met vele geestelijke leiders van andere religies, waaronder D.T. Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh en de Dalai Lama, waardoor hij een pionier is geworden op het gebied van de interreligieuze dialoog.

Leven met wijsheid is een uitgebreide beschrijving van het boeiende leven en werk van Thomas Merton van de hand van Jim Forest, die Merton persoonlijk goed gekend heeft. De vele foto's maken deze biografie tot een levendig portret.

Thomas Merton blijft een bron van geestelijke inspiratie en een gids voor velen. Hij was bovenal een man van gebed, een denker die vragen stelde bij de zekerheden van zijn tijd en die nieuwe horizonnen opende voor mensen en voor de kerk. Hij was ook een man van dialoog, iemand die zich inzette voor vrede tussen volken en religies- Paus Franciscus in een toespraak voor het Amerikaanse Congres in 2015

Damon, 2018, pap, 304 pp, € 29.90, 9789463401241
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Hart, P. (ed.)
Survival or Prophecy? The Correspondence of Jean Leclerq and Thomas Merton
Cistercian Publications, 2009, pap, 159 pp, € 23.95, 9780879070175
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Merton, Thomas
An Introduction to Christian Mysticism
In these conferences dating to 1961, Thomas Merton provides for his audience of young monks an overview of major themes and figures in the Christian mystical tradition as an integral part of their religious inheritance and a crucial part of their spiritual formation. From Fathers of the Church such as St Athanasius and St Gregory of Nyssa, through such important medieval theologians as St Bonaventure, Hadewijch and Meister Eckhart, to the great Spanish Carmelites St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross, Merton traces such key topics as the integration of theology and spirituality; the importance of 'natural contemplation' - recognizing the divine presence in creation; the centrality of apophatic or 'dark' contemplation; and the role of spiritual direction in forming mature and balanced contemplatives.
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 3 / Monastic Wisdom Series 13, Cistercian Publications, 2008, pap, 416 pp, € 36.90, 9780879070137
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Merton, Thomas
An Invitation to the Contemplative Life
Thomas Merton, a twentieth-century Trappist monk, wrote passionately about spirituality in a way that speaks to the hearts of men and women today. Merton's gift to all of us is this simple message: the contemplative experience, which uncovers our unity with the Lord and a new vision of life, is not only for monks but for all Christians. This collection highlights the main themes of Merton's contemplative journey: the search for freedom; prayer of the heart; solitude and silence; love of nature; community life; and work, among others. Guided by his wisdom and insight, readers can uncover their own unique path inward and receive the gift of the contemplative experience.
Word Among Us Inc., 2006, pap, 144 pp, € 11.95, 9781593250850
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Merton, Thomas
A Search for Solitude. Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, v. 3: 1952-1960
The third volume of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's attempts to reconcile his desire for solitude and contemplation with the demands of his new-found celebrity status within the strictures of conventional monastic life.
Journals of Thomas Merton, v. 3, Harper Collins, 1997, pap, 432 pp, € 17.95, 9780060654795
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Merton, Thomas
Cassian And The Fathers
Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

Cassian and the Fathers is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton, the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. They contain Merton's insights on important Patristic and monastic figures preceding the time of St. Benedict, above all John Cassian, the most significant bridge between the early desert fathers and the development of monastic life in the West, and they reveal the continuing relevance of their teachings for contemporary monastics and other Christians.

Much of the value and interest of Cassian and the Fathers, as of the novitiate conferences in general, lies in the light it casts on Merton himself as teacher, novice master and monk. These notes provide a privileged standpoint for observing Merton functioning as an integral and important member of his monastic community. The 'public' Merton has long been visible in his works written for publication, and has more recently been complemented by the 'interpersonal' Merton disclosed in his correspondence and the 'intimate' Merton revealed in his complete journals.

This edition includes an extensive introduction situating these conferences and Merton's years as novice master in the context of his broader life as monk and writer, an extensively annotated edition of the text of the conferences based on Merton's own typescript, and helpful appendices indicating changes Merton made to his text, correlating the written text with taped versions of the actual classes, and providing suggestions for further reading both in Merton's other works and in more recent studies of the figures he discusses here.

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 1, Cistercian Publications, 2005, pap, 305 pp, € 27.95, 9780879070014
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Merton, Thomas
Charter, Customs, and Constitutions of the Cistercians
As master of novices for ten years (1955-1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton was responsible for the spiritual formation of young men preparing for monastic profession. In this volume, three related sets of Merton's conferences on ancient and contemporary documents governing the lives of the monks are published for the first time:

-on the Carta Caritatis, or Charter of Charity, the foundational document of the Order of Citeaux
-on the Consuetudines, the twelfth-century collection of customs and regulations of the Order
-on the twentieth-century Constitutions of the Order, the basic rules by which Merton and his students actually lived at the time

These conferences form an essential part of the overall picture of Cistercian monastic life that Merton provided as part of his project of "initiation into the monastic tradition" that is evident in the broad variety of courses that he put together and taught over the period of his mastership.

As Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, ocso, himself a former student of Merton, notes in his preface to this volume, "The texts presented in this present book eventually gave rise to the Cistercian way of spiritual living that continues to contribute to the Church's witness in this new millennium. This publication is a witness to the process of transformation that ensures the continuity of the Catholic monastic tradition that witnesses to the God who, as Saint Augustine observed is 'ever old and ever new.'"

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, social critic, and pioneer of interreligious dialogue, was a seminal figure of twentieth-century American Christianity. The one hundredth anniversary of his birth is being celebrated in 2015.

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 7, Cistercian Publications, 2015, pap, 288 pp, € 27.95, 9780879070410
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Merton, Thomas
Choosing to Love the World. On Contemplation
Amid the noise and distractions of everyday life, is it really possible to choose to love the world? In these times of great uncertainty and anxiety, how can we find God? Thomas Merton felt the urgency of these questions more than 50 years ago, and his reflections upon them are more relevant than ever.

One of America's most beloved mystics of the 20th century, Merton's voice was prophetic in the troubled era of the 1960s. In this new collection of thoughts and meditations selected from his most inspiring books and letters, Merton's radiant wisdom and foresight serve as a beacon of light for all of us searching to find true meaning and solace in today's difficult times.

"Father Louis," as he was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani, fully embraced the contemplative life of a monk, yet he never held the world at arm's length: "We and our world interpenetrate. It is only in assuming full responsibility for our world, for our lives and for ourselves, that we can be said to live really for God."

Sharply honest in his words but balanced by his poet's heart, Merton explores themes that include the inner ground of love, living in wisdom, and dialoguing with silence. He teaches that contemplation is possible for everyone and that the fundamental context for seeking God's presence is always our everyday lives.

Edited by Jonathan Montaldo, associate director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, and director of Bethany Spring, the Merton Institute retreat center in Trappist, Kentucky.

Sounds True Inc, 2008, pap, 191 pp, € 17.95, 9781591798040
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Merton, Thomas
Cold War Letters
Thomas Mertons Cold War Letters brings together 111 of the acclaimed Trappist monk's letters to friends, peace activists, artists, and intellectuals, written between October 1961 and October 1962 at the height of Cold War tensions. Originally distributed in mimeographed form (after he was forbidden to publish his thoughts on peace), these letters reflect Merton's prophetic insight into the crisis of his time. As the world seemed to tumble toward an atomic apocalypse, Merton sought in these letters--still uncannily relevant a half a century later--to create a community of concern that might raise a moral counterweight to the forces of fear and destruction.
Orbis, 2006, pap, 172 pp, € 20.95, 9781570756627
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Merton, Thomas
Contemplatief gebed
Geestelijk leven is een avontuur, een weg in het onbekende. Wie die weg inslaat en serieus mediteert, heeft begeleiding nodig. Merton toont zich in dit boek een betrouwbare gids.

Thomas Merton verstaat de kunst om diepzinnige dingen in duidelijke taal uiteen te zetten. Hij schrijft voor iedereen die in meditatie en contemplatie naar geestelijk evenwicht en verdieping zoekt. Merton put zijn wijsheid uit eeuwenlange ervaring en bezinning en heeft die beproefd in zijn eigen leven. De weg van het contemplatieve gebed die hij wijst, voert niet uit het volle leven naar een steriel afgesloten innerlijk, maar naar een volledig, bevrijd leven, geworteld in allesomvattende liefde.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was een Amerikaanse monnik. Zijn boeken over geestelijke ontwikkeling en meditatie werden internationale bestsellers en hij werd een van de meest geliefde spirituele schrijvers van de 20e eeuw.

Vertaald door Kick Bras

Meinema, 2015, pap, 116 pp, € 14.95, 9789021143835
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Merton, Thomas
Contemplation in a World of Action
When I speak of the contemplative life I do not mean the institutional, cloistered life... I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development... Discovering the contemplative life is a new self-discovery. One might say it is the flowering of a deeper identity on an entirely different plane. -Thomas Merton, from the book

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to 'our own truth and inner being.' His main focus is our desire and need to attain 'a fully human and personal identity.' This classic is a restored and corrected edition.

Notre Dame UP, 1998, pap, 266 pp, € 18.95, 9780268008345
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Merton, Thomas
Contemplative Prayer
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.
Random House, 1996, pap, 116 pp, € 12.95, 9780385092197
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Merton, Thomas
Dancing in the Water of Life. Journals of Thomas Merton v. 5, 1963-1965
The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism - Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam war, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of Merton's fiftieth birthday and marks his move to Mount Olivet, his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he was finally able to fully embrace the joys and challenges of solitary life: 'In the hermitage, one must pray of go to seed. The pretense of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice....Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good' (13 October, 1964).
Journals of Thomas Merton v. 5, Harper Collins, 1998, pap, 363 pp, € 17.95, 9780060654832
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Merton, Thomas
Dialogues With Silence. Prayers and Drawings
Dialogues with Silence contains a selection of prayers from throughout Merton's life--from his journals, letters, poetry, books--accompanied by all 100 of Merton's rarely seen, delightful Zen-like pen-and-ink drawings.
Harper Collins, 2004, pap, 208 pp, € 14.95, 9780060656034
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Merton, Thomas
Early Essays, 1947-1952
Publication expected 18/4/2015

This volume gathers together twelve essays that Thomas Merton wrote for various journals between 1947 and 1952, the years that saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, his ordination to the priesthood, and his initial appointment as spiritual and intellectual guide of the young monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. The essays, most of which have never been reprinted, focus above all on aspects of the contemplative life but also consider the spiritual dimensions of literature and the social implications of Christian life.

Issued to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, this collection brings to fruition at long last Merton's own original plan of publishing these essays as a group and so makes available a previously little recognized and underutilized resource for understanding and appreciating a crucial transitional phase in his life as both monk and writer.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, social critic, and pioneer of interreligious dialogue, was a seminal figure of twentieth-century American Christianity. The one hundredth anniversary of his birth is being celebrated in 2015.

Cistercian Publications, 2015, pap, 160 pp, € 18.95, 9780879072667
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Merton, Thomas
Echoing Silence and the Vocation of Writing
When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life - including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if anything, ever again. It was a relatively short-lived resolution, for Merton almost immediately found himself being assigned writing tasks by his Abbot - one of which was the autobiographical essay that blossomed into his international bestseller The Seven Storey Mountain. That book made him famous overnight, and for a time he struggled with the notion that the vocation of the monk and the vocation of the writer were incompatible. Monasticism called for complete surrender to the absolute, whereas writing demanded a tactical withdrawal from experience in order to record it. He eventually came to accept his dual vocation as two sides of the same spiritual coin and used it as a source of creative tension the rest of his life.

Merton's thoughts on writing have never been compiled into a single volume until now. Robert Inchausti has mined the vast Merton literature to discover what he had to say on a whole spectrum of literary topics, including writing as a spiritual calling, the role of the Christian writer in a secular society, the joys and mysteries of poetry, and evaluations of his own literary work. Also included are fascinating glimpses of his take on a range of other writers, including Henry David Thoreau, Flannery O'Connor, Dylan Thomas, Albert Camus, James Joyce, and even Henry Miller, along with many others.

Random House, 2007, pap, 215 pp, € 17.95, 9781590303481
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Merton, Thomas
Exile Ends in Glory, The Life of a Trappistine, Mother M. Berchmans
Publication expected apr. 2015

Here is Thomas Merton's biography of Mother Berchmans (1876-1915), a Franch Trappistine. He had been inspired by her strength of spirit that enabled her to leave behind beloved home in France in order to help grow the struggling Our Lady of the Angels Abbey in Hakodate, Japan.

Paulist Press, 2015, pap, 320 pp, € 23.95, 9780809149094
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Merton, Thomas
In the Valley of Wormwood
Shortly after entering the monastic life in December 1941, a relatively unknown Trappist monk called Frater Louis - who would later be known to the world by his given name, Thomas Merton - began to pen biographical sketches of early Cistercian blessed and saints. These were initially collected, printed, and bound inexpensively, with no mention of the author, by the Abbey of Gethsemani. They are now published here for a wide audience for the first time.

This work of the very young Merton perhaps takes on added significance when one considers the writing that lay just ahead of him at the time. In 1948, his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, was published and soon became an unexpected national bestseller. This long-awaited publication of In the Valley of Wormwood offers a window into Merton's thinking and his spiritual life just a few years before his phenomenal autobiography would see the light of day.

Cistercian Publications, 2013, pap, 438 pp, € 36.95, 9780879071332
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Merton, Thomas
Monastic Observances
In this set of novitiate conferences from the late 1950s, Thomas Merton provides a vivid and detailed introduction to the traditional pattern and practices of the monastic day during the period immediately preceding the momentous changes that would be introduced in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Combining practical instruction with spiritual and theological reflection, this fifth volume of Merton's teaching notes brings the reader into the choir and chapter room, scriptorium and cloisters of the Abbey of Gethsemani, and provides insight into the ecclesial, contemplative, paschal, and Trinitarian dimensions of Cistercian life.
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 5, Cistercian Publications, 2010, pap, 335 pp, € 30.95, 9780879070250
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Merton, Thomas
New Seeds of Contemplation
New Seeds of Contemplation (1961) 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.'

A much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation (1949)--one of the late Father Merton's most widely-read and best-loved works--New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man and to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our spiritual lives.

W.W. Norton & Co, 2007, pap, 297 pp, € 16.95, 9780811217248
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Merton, Thomas
New Seeds of Contemplation
NB: Audio-CD

New Seeds of Contemplation (1961) 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.'

A much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation (1949)--one of the late Father Merton's most widely-read and best-loved works--New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man and to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our spiritual lives.

FRANCISCAN MEDIA, 2014, CD, € 45.95, 9781616368203
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Merton, Thomas
No Man Is an Island
A recapitulation of his earlier work Seeds of Contemplation, this collection of sixteen essays plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton addresses those in search of enduring values, fulfillment, and salvation in prose that is, as always, inspiring and compassionate.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, pap, 288 pp, € 13.95, 9780156027731
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Merton, Thomas
On Christian Contemplation
Every moment and every event in every man's life on Earth plants something in his soul, wrote Thomas Merton. A Trappist monk, Merton was both a poet and a theologian who pondered monastic life. He was praised for his meditations and conversations with God, as well as interfatith dialogue, tolerance, and non-violent activism during the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War.

On Christian Contemplation, edited by Merton scholar Paul Pearson, is a collection of the great monk's work, compiled into a gift-size edition. With poems, reflections, and social commentary, this is the perfect book to nurture the spirit of faith and duty guided by one of the twentieth century's leading voices of theology and social justice.

New Directions, 2013, pap, 80 pp, € 13.95, 9780811219969
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Merton, Thomas
On Eastern Meditation
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.
New Directions, 2013, pap, 80 pp, € 13.95, 9780811219945
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Merton, Thomas
Passion for Peace. The Struggle for Non-violence in the Midst of War
2nd revised version

Violence, war, and terrorism fill our televisions, newspapers, and websites. To meet the great need for nonviolent wisdom in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, Crossroad presents this new and reedited version of Thomas Merton's Passion for Peace. The book presents Merton's most important insights into themes such as the nature of violence, armed conflict, Christian responsibility, and the individual in the state.

Crossroad, 2006, pap, 192 pp, € 14.95, 9780824524159
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Merton, Thomas
Peace in the Post-Christian Era
Writing at the height of the Cold War, Merton issued a passionate cry for sanity and a challenge to the idea that unthinkable violence can be squared with the Gospel of Christ. Censors of Merton's Trappist order blocked publication of this work, but forty years later, despite changing circumstances, his prophetic message remains eerily topical. At a time when the "war on terrorism" has replaced the struggle against communism, Merton's work continues to demonstrate the power and relevance of the Gospel in answering the most urgent challenges of our time.
Orbis Books, 2004, pap, 165 pp, € 18.95, 9781570755590
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Merton, Thomas
Praying the Psalms
In this book Merton regards the Psalms as prayer. Guiding the reader through the more representative psalms, he explains why the Church also considers the psalms as the best way to praise God. According to Merton: To put it very plainly, the Church loves the Psalms because in them she sings of her experience of God, of her union with the Incarnate Word, of her contemplation of God in the Mystery of Christ...If we really come to know and love the Psalms, we will enter into the Church's own experience of divine things. We will begin to know God as we ought. (pg.9)
Martino Fine Books, 2014, 36 pp, € 7.95, 9781614275640
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Merton, Thomas
Pre-Benedictine Monasticism
Charged with training young monks at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton combined his literary genius and his love of the monastic tradition to produce Monastic Orientation Notes as the bases of his classes. In this volume, he treats the many and varied forms of monastic life which preceded, and helped to form, the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 2, Cistercian Publications, 2006, pap, 391 pp, € 24.00, 9780879070731
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Merton, Thomas
Run to the Mountain. The story of a vocation. Journals of Thomas Merton v. 1: 1939-1941
When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years -- presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now, a quarter of a century has passed since Merton's death, and the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear by the 20th century's most important spiritual writer.

The first of seven volumes, Run to the Mountain offers an intimate glimpse at the inner life of a young, pre-monastic Merton. Here readers will witness the insatiably curious graduate student in New York's Greenwich Village give way to the tentative spiritual seeker and brilliant writer. Merton playfully lists everything from his favorite lines of poetry and songs to the things he most loves and hates.

Thomas Merton was an inveterate diarist; his journals offer a complete and candid look at the rich transformations of his adult life. As Brother Patrick Hart, general editor of the series notes, "Perhaps his best writing can be found in the journals, where he was expressing what was deepest in his heart with no thought of censorship. With their publication we will have as complete a picture of Thomas Merton as we can hope to have."

Journals of Thomas Merton v. 1, Harper Collins, 1996, pap, 512 pp, € 17.95, 9780060654757
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Merton, Thomas
Seeking Paradise, The Spirit of the Shakers
In these essays, talks, and a stunning selection of his own photographs, Thomas Merton hauntingly evokes the spirituality of a uniquely American sect. Largely remembered today for a legacy of extraordinary craftsmanship, the Shakers espoused a way of life, as Merton shows, with surprising relevance for today. In their approach to work as a form of worship, in their practice of community, their simplicity and rejection of violence, and their profound witness to the Kingdom of God, Merton finds lessons for all Christians.
Orbis, 2011, pap, 126 pp, € 18.95, 9781570759314
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Merton, Thomas
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
The moment of takeoff was ecstatic...joy. We left the ground - I with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny, of being at last on my true way after years of waiting and wondering... With these words, dated October 15. 1968, the late Father Thomas Merton recorded the beginning of his fateful journey to the Orient. His travels led him from Bangkok, through India to Ceylon, and back again to Bangkok for his scheduled talk at a conference of Asian monastic orders. There he unequivocally reaffirmed his Christian vocation. His last journal entry was made on December 8, 1968, two days before his untimely, accidental death. Amply illustrated with photographs he himself took along the way and fully indexed, the book also contains a glossary of Asian religious terms, a preface by the Indian scholar Amiya Chakravarty, a foreword and postscript by Brother Patrick Hart of the Abbey of Gethsemani, as well as several appendices, among them the text of Merton's final address
W W Norton, 1975, pap, 446 pp, € 17.95, 9780811205702
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Merton, Thomas
The Inner Experience. Notes on Contemplation
This book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions.

Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer.

Harper Collins, 2004, pap, 176 pp, € 17.95, 9780060593629
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Merton, Thomas
The Life of the Vows
As novice master of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton presented weekly conferences to familiarize his charges with the meaning and purpose of the vows they aspired to undertake. In this setting, he offered a thorough exposition of the theological, canonical, and above all spiritual dimensions of the vows.

Merton set the vows firmly in the context of the anthropological, moral, soteriological, and ecclesial dimensions of human, Christian, and monastic life. He addressed such classical themes of Christian morality as the nature of the human person and his acts; the importance of justice in relation to the Passion of Christ, to friendship and to love; and self-surrender as the key to grace, prayer and the vowed life. Merton's words on these topics clearly spring from a committed heart and often flow with the soaring intensity of style that we have come to expect in his more enthusiastic prose.

The texts of these conferences represent the longest and most systematically organized of any of numerous series of conferences that Merton presented during the decade of his mastership. They may be the most directly pastoral work Merton ever wrote.

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 6, Cistercian Publications, 2013, pap, 664 pp, € 40.95, 9780879070304
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Merton, Thomas
The Other Side of the Mountain. The Journals of Thomas Merton v. 7: 1967-1968
The seventh and final volume of Thomas Merton's journals finds him exploring new territory, both spiritual and geographic, in the last great journey prior to his untimely death. Traveling in the United States and the Far East, Merton enjoys a new freedom that brings with it a rich mix of solitude, spirited friendship, and interaction with monks of other traditions. In his last days in the United States, Merton continues to follow the tumultuous events closing the 1960s, including the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Meanwhile, with the blessing of his new abbot, Merton travels to monasteries in New Mexico and among the redwoods of Northern California, keeping his journal all the while. When Merton wins approval to participate in a meeting of monastic superiors of the Far East in Bangkok, Thailand, his life enters its most thrilling period. Arriving in Calcutta, Merton is heartbroken by the poverty of the many beggars; in New Delhi and Dharamsala, he makes contact with local Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama. Recognizing each other as kindred spirits, Merton and the Dalai Lama speak from the heart like old friends.
The Journals of Thomas Merton v. 7, Harper Collins, 1999, pap, 348 pp, € 16.95, 9780060654870
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Merton, Thomas
The Rule of Saint Benedict.
Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

In his novitiate conferences on the Rule of Saint Benedict, Thomas Merton introduces young men embarking on monastic life to the guiding document of that life. He emphasizes the importance of considering the Rule from a perspective that is neither narrowly legalistic nor overly intellectualized, but marked rather by commitment to the goal of Benedictine monasticism, which is not just to obey the Rule but to love and serve God. The Benedictine life, according to Merton, is "simply living the Gospel without fanfare...The mainspring of everything in St. Benedict is the love of Christ-in Himself, in the poor, in the monastic community, in the individual brethren... This is the key to the monastic life and spirit." Merton gives particular attention to the prologue, in which he finds "the theological foundation of the whole spiritual doctrine of St. Benedict"; key chapters on the abbot and the monastic community, including consideration of monastic work, spiritual reading, and poverty; and especially chapter 7, on the degrees of humility, which he considers the heart of the entire Rule. In these conferences, Merton presents a spiritual commentary on the Rule that provides insight both on his role as a director of prospective young monks and on the foundation of his own commitment to monastic and contemplative life.

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 4 / Monastic Wisdom Series: Number 19, Cistercian Publications - Liturgical Press, 2009, pap, 291 pp, € 26.95, 9780879070199
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Merton, Thomas
The Seven Storey Mountain. An Autobiography of Faith
The complete and unedited edition of Thomas Merton's famous autobiography, one of the greatest works of spiritual pilgrimage ever written. Travelling in his early years with his artist father in the United States, France and England, Thomas Merton prided himself on his worldly accomplishments. His year at Clare College, Cambridge, was indulgent, and although Columbia University to which he went next suited his temperament better, it did nothing to assuage his restlessness. Gradually Merton recognized his need for faith and became a Catholic. With his baptism he began entertaining thoughts of monasticism but his desire to enter the priesthood in a Franciscan monastery came to nothing, and he remained a lay teaching member of the order for some time. However, when he was twenty-seven he made a retreat to a Trappist monastery in Kentucky. This momentous experience convinced him that the silence of the Cistercian Order was what he craved. The Seven Storey Mountain tells the story of Merton's search for faith and peace in a world which first fascinated and then appalled him. It is written with the profound insight of a man who has seen himself clearly.
SPCK, 2014, pap, € 30.95, 9780281073665
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Merton, Thomas
The Seven Storey Mountain. An Autobiography of Faith
A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. Since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999, pap, 467 pp, € 18.95, 9780156010863
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Merton, Thomas
The Way of Chuang Tzu
Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name - Zen.
W.W. Norton & Co, 2010, pap, 159 pp, € 13.95, 9780811218511
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Merton, Thomas
The Wisdom of the Desert
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.

W W Norton, 1970, pap, 81 pp, € 12.95, 9780811201025
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Merton, Thomas
Thoughts in Solitude
NB: Audio-CD

As timely now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. In thoughtful and eloquent prose, Merton writes of our inalienable right to solitude and interior freedom. Society, he tells us, depends for its existence on the personal solitude of its members.

Merton writes: When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate.

FRANCISCAN MEDIA, 2014, CD, € 27.95, 9781616368432
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Merton, Thomas
Thoughts on the East
The Eastern religious traditions, especially the varieties of Buddhism, were the last great passion in Thomas Merton's life. His participation in a monastic conference in Asia led to his premature, accidental death. He discoursed on equal terms with the Dalai Lama, and extracts from their interviews appear in this book. The introduction brings together extracts from Merton's "Asian Journal" (Hinduism and varieties of Buddhism), and other short works on Eastern religions written in the last few years of his life. They all combine to demonstrate the breadth of vision that is such an integral part of Merton's lasting appeal, his quest for a deeper unity underlying apparent fragmentation. They might be regarded as steps toward the great book on monasticism that Merton might have written but never did. As they stand, they provide Merton's essential definitions of the religions that so interested him in the last years of his life, and of which he became a skilful Western interpreter.
Burns & Oates, 1996 (reprint), pap, 96 pp, € 16.95, 9780860122685
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Merton, Thomas
Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years (The Journals of Thomas Merton, v. 4: 1960-1963)
The fourth volume of Thomas Merton's complete journals, one of his final literary legacies, springs from three hundred handwritten pages that capture - in candid, lively, deeply revealing passages -- the growing unrest of the 1960s, which Merton witnessed within himself as plainly as in the changing culture around him.

In these decisive years, 1960-1963, Merton, now in his late forties and frequently working in a new hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, finds himself struggling between his longing for a private, spiritual life and the irresistible pull of social concerns. Precisely when he longs for more solitude, and convinces himself he could not cut back on his writing, Merton begins asking complex questions about the contemporary culture ("the 'world' with its funny pants, of which I do not know the name, its sandals and sunglasses"), war, and the churches role in society.

Thus despite his resistance, he is drawn into the world where his celebrity and growing concerns for social issues fuel his writings on civil rights, nonviolence, and pacifism and lead him into conflict with those who urge him to leave the moral issues to bishops and theologians.

This pivotal volume in the Merton journals reveals a man at the height of a brilliant writing career, marking the fourteenth anniversary of his priesthood but yearning still for the key to true happiness and grace. Here, in his most private diaries, Merton is as intellectually curious, critical, and insightful as in his best-known public writings while he documents his movement from the cloister toward the world, from Novice Master to hermit, from ironic critic to joyous witness to the mystery of God's plan.

Journals of Thomas Merton v. 4, Harper Collins, 1997, pap, 360 pp, € 18.95, 9780060654818
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Merton, Thomas
Zaden van contemplatie
Ter gelegenheid van zijn honderdste geboortedag verschijnt van de Merton Vrienden Zaden van Contemplatie, de Nederlandse vertaling van New Seeds of Contemplation, een van de mooiste boeken van Thomas Merton.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) vond zijn weg naar contemplatie, na een lange zoektocht. Al vroeg wees geworden, liet hij zich inspireren door de intellectuele, literaire en geestelijke rijkdom van de cultuur en het leven in Europa en de Verenigde Staten. Zoekend naar meer diepgang kreeg zijn leven vastere vorm in een traditionele religieuze context, uiteindelijk in de trappistenabdij Gethsemani in Kentucky. Daar ontplooide zich zijn talent als vertolker en gids van de eigen traditie, als pionier van de dialoog met de grote wereldreligies en als kritisch beschouwer van politiek en wereld. Een zoektocht naar goddelijke diepte in menselijke vrijheid die zo voor velen vruchtbaar werd.

In deze Zaden van contemplatie wijst hij de lezer wegen. Deels de zoekende die maar niet vindt, en anderzijds de zoeker die zelfvoldaan meent te hebben gevonden. De inspiratie is grotendeels die van twintig eeuwen christendom. Bernardus en Jan van het Kruis schemeren door in de teksten, maar ook de joodse, hesychastische en oosterse wijsheidsliteratuur. Merton spoort ons aan alert te worden voor de zaden die God iedere dag in ons leven plant, zodat zij kunnen ontkiemen. Een verhaal van overgave en vrijheid in overgave.

Vertaald door Dirk Doms, Willy Eurlings, Guus Franken, en Jan Glorieux. Enkele inkijkpagina's vindt u hier

Damon, 2015, pap, 192 pp, € 19.90, 9789460361951
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Merton, Thomas ( Christine M. Bochen, ed)
Thomas Merton Essential Writings
Trappist monk Thomas Mertons work reflects a living encounter with the tradition of Christian wisdom as well engagement with the burning questions of our world: peace, the quest for meaning in the face of absurdity.

Editor Christine M. Bochen is professor of religious studies at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. She has edited The Courage of Truth, one volume of Merton's collected letters, and Learning to Love, the sixth volume of his journals.

Modern Spiritual Masters Series, Orbis, 2001, pap, 191 pp, € 19.95, 9781570753312
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Merton, Thomas (Kathleen Deignan, ed)
When the Trees Say Nothing. Essays on Nature
First published in 2003 and now available in paperback to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth, When the Trees Say Nothing has sold more than 60,000 copies and continually inspires readers with its unique collection of Merton's luminous writings on nature, arranged for reflection and meditation.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk, author, poet, social commentator, and perhaps the most influential and widely published spiritual writer of the twentieth century. In When the Trees Say Nothing, editor Kathleen Deignan sheds new light on Merton by focusing on a neglected theme of his writing: the natural world as a manifestation of the divine.

Drawing from Merton's voluminous writing on nature, Deignan has thematically assembled a collection of lucid, poetic reflections. Chapters on the four elements, the seasons, the Earth and its creatures, and the sun, moon, and stars provide brief passages from his diverse works that reveal the presence of God in creation.

Ave Maria Press, 2015, pap, 192 pp, € 14.95, 9781933495903
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Pramuk, Christopher
Sophia. The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton
While numerous studies have celebrated Thomas Merton's witness as an interfaith pioneer, poet, and peacemaker, there have been few systematic treatments of his Christology as such, and no sustained exploration to date of his relationship to the Russian Sophia tradition. This book looks to Thomas Merton as a classic theologian of the Christian tradition from East to West, and offers an interpretation of his mature Christology, with special attention to his remarkable prose poem of 1962, Hagia Sophia. Bringing Merton's mystical-prophetic vision fully into dialogue with contemporary Christology, Russian sophiology, and Zen, as well as figures such as John Henry Newman and Abraham Joshua Heschel, the author carefully but boldly builds the case that Sophia, the same theological eros that animated Merton's religious imagination in a period of tremendous fragmentation and violence, might infuse new vitality into our own.
Liturgical Press, 2009, geb, 322 pp, € 28.50, 9780814653906
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Shannon, William H., Christine M. Bochen, Patrick F. O'Connell (eds)
The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia
The authoritative essays, with 350 entries and 50 illustrations, written by top Merton scholars, are arranged alphabetically and cover the following themes:

-Mertons books
-Essential themes that emerge from his books
-Persons who were important in his life
-The places where he lived out his life

William H. Shannon, founder and first president of the International Thomas Merton Society is also the author of several books on Merton, including the acclaimed biography Silent Lamp. Msgr. Shannon is a priest of the diocese of Rochester, New York.

Christine M. Bochen, current president of the Merton Society and professor of religious studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, is editor of the Orbis anthology Thomas Merton: Essential Writings.

Patrick F. OConnell, past president of the Merton Society, is editor of the Merton Seasonal. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Orbis Press, 2002, pap, 572 pp, € 37.50, 9781570756573
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