New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation
Author: Thomas Merton
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9780811217248
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Seeds of Contemplation Book Excerpt:

Featuring a new introduction, a republication of a spiritual classic introduces western readers to the mystical dimensions of the human soul, inviting readers to develop and nurture a contemplative and vital sense of spirituality. Reprint.

New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation
Author: Thomas Merton
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2003
ISBN: 1590300491
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Seeds of Contemplation Book Excerpt:

In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: "It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then 'inspirational,' which is almost as bad." In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than "life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive." The thirty-nine short "seeds" that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone. New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation.

Summary of Thomas Merton s New Seeds of Contemplation

Summary of Thomas Merton s New Seeds of Contemplation
Author: Everest Media,
Publsiher: Everest Media LLC
Total Pages: 47
Release: 2022-05-15T22:59:00Z
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Thomas Merton s New Seeds of Contemplation Book Excerpt:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is the life itself, fully awake, fully active, and fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. #2 Contemplation is the response to a call. It is the echo of God in us, and it is the result of the two levels of awareness: first, awareness of the question, and second, awareness of the answer. We cannot attain contemplation alone, by intellectual effort. #3 Contemplation is more than just a consideration of abstract truths about God. It is awakening, enlightenment, and the intuitive grasp by which love gains certainty of God's creative and dynamic intervention in our daily lives.

Encyclopedia of the Essay

Encyclopedia of the Essay
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 1032
Release: 1997
ISBN: 9781884964305
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of the Essay Book Excerpt:

A hefty one-volume reference addressing various facets of the essay. Entries are of five types: 1) considerations of different types of essay, e.g. moral, travel, autobiographical; 2) discussions of major national traditions; 3) biographical profiles of writers who have produced a significant body of work in the genre; 4) descriptions of periodicals important for their publication of essays; and 5) discussions of some especially significant single essays. Each entry includes citations for further reading and cross references. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Thomas Merton s Rewritings

Thomas Merton s Rewritings
Author: Thomas Merton,Donald Grayston
Publsiher: Edwin Mellen Press
Total Pages: 540
Release: 1989
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton s Rewritings Book Excerpt:

This is the companion volume to Thomas Merton: The Development of a Spiritual Theologian, further exploring Merton's writings and thinking.

The True Self and False Self

The True Self and False Self
Author: Matthew Brett Vaden
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-01-06
ISBN: 1725292718
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The True Self and False Self Book Excerpt:

We go through life, focusing our attention on many things. But how much do we focus on ourselves? We may be aware of many things, but are we self-aware? This is a question our contemporary culture asks us to consider more and more, and words like “self-awareness,” “personal identity,” “authenticity,” and “mindfulness” are becoming not just buzz-words but virtues. The ancient dictum “know thyself” reverberates in all corners of our lives, from Disney characters on our TVs to DISC profiles at our workplaces. Some of the more mindful members of our society may even be tempted to disdain those who are not as mindful as they are. But what if our self-aware culture, hailing us to pursue our true selves, is unaware of itself? What if our definitions of true and false self-understanding are myopic, slanted towards a narrow solipsism that is actually leading people away from authenticity, while all the while championing it? If so, how would we know? Who is best able to define these things and to teach us how to know ourselves truly? Matthew Brett Vaden traces the wisdom of past and modern-day sages to discover how we can truly discover ourselves.

Thomas Merton God s Messenger on the Road towards a New World

Thomas Merton  God   s Messenger on the Road towards a New World
Author: Paul R. Dekar
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-06-02
ISBN: 1532670850
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton God s Messenger on the Road towards a New World Book Excerpt:

Thomas Merton: God's Messenger on the Road towards a New World highlights the contribution of the best-selling North American writer between the Second World War and 1968. The Cistercian monk called people to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly. By his critique of technology, a major impediment for people to follow Jesus; by his writing on contemplative prayer; by his interfaith outreach; and through his witness against racism, war, and degradation of nature, Merton still matters. This book uses Micah 6:8 to organize Merton's focus on justice, lovingkindness, and humility, as well as his dialogue with Rachel Carson, Ernesto Cardinal, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nhat Hahn, and others.

Catholic Spiritual Classics

Catholic Spiritual Classics
Author: Mitch Finley
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 84
Release: 2016-10-31
ISBN: 1725237784
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Catholic Spiritual Classics Book Excerpt:

This book presents introductions to classics of Christian spiritual literature. Written in a popular, lively style, each essay is based on up-to-date research and insights into the place of the classics in a contemporary spirituality.

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh
Author: Robert Harlen King
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2001-01-01
ISBN: 9780826413406
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh Book Excerpt:

The book concludes by showing how the influence of Merton and Nhat Hanh is reflected in the work of contemporaries such as Thomas Keating, David Steindl-Rast, A. T. Ariyaratne, and Joanna Macy."--BOOK JACKET.

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton
Author: James Thomas Baker
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2021-12-14
ISBN: 0813189152
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton Book Excerpt:

Thomas Merton: Social Critic organizes and critically analyzes the social thought of the Cistercian monk who has become an internationally known symbol of the spiritual element in man. The author evaluated all of Merton's writings, published and unpublished, then discussed his interpretations with Merton personally. The result is a perceptive relation of Merton's social thought to its genesis in his own life experiences and contemplation, a faithful rendering of Merton's thought on the problems of our time. Merton, the author makes clear, called for a spiritual, social, and religious union. It was a poetic and sometimes unimplemented solution to alienation and division, a valid and authentic, if at times limited, response to the contemporary chaos. This study will be greeted by a strong reaction from Mertonians everywhere.

Twentieth century Apostles

Twentieth century Apostles
Author: Phyllis Zagano
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780814625545
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twentieth century Apostles Book Excerpt:

This book tells the story of the following Christians: 1. Charles de Foucauld. 2. Teilhard de Chardin. 3. Giovanni Battista Montini (Pope Paul VI) 4. Dorothy Day. 5. Jessica Powers. 6. Franz Jagerstatter. 7. Teresa of Calcutta. 8. Thomas Merton. 9. Roger of Taize. 10. Oscar Romero. 11. Jean Vanier. 12. Thea Bowman.

Thomas Merton s Dark Path

Thomas Merton s Dark Path
Author: William H. Shannon
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1987-03-01
ISBN: 1466801859
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Merton s Dark Path Book Excerpt:

In the mystical tradition the "dark," or apophatic way has a long history. It is the way of John of the Cross, of Master Eckhart, of Juliana of Norwich, of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, and of Thomas Merton. This dark path of contemplation that Merton followed, wrote about extensively, and considered the focal point of his life is the subject of William H. Shannon's book.

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton
Author: Monica Weis
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2011-05-01
ISBN: 0813130158
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton Book Excerpt:

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton’s life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton’s study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first writers to raise concern about ecological issues that have become critical in recent years. In The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, author Monica Weis suggests that Merton’s interest in nature, which developed significantly during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Tracing Merton’s awareness of the natural world from his childhood to the final years of his life, Weis explores his deepening sense of place and desire for solitude, his love and responsibility for all living things, and his evolving ecological awareness.

Christian Spirituality

Christian Spirituality
Author: Arthur Holder
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 393
Release: 2009-09-10
ISBN: 1135285411
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christian Spirituality Book Excerpt:

Christian Spirituality: The Classics is a unique and comprehensive guide to thirty key Christian spirituality texts. Ranging from Origen and Augustine to Jonathan Edwards, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton, it offers a view of the texts which is founded in scholarship, but which also presents them as living documents that invite- even compel -contemplative reflection and existential response. Each chapter briefly describes the classic text’s author and audience, gives a synopsis of its contents, suggests some of its influence in history, and then explores aspects of the text’s meaning for readers today. Key themes include: What is the meaning of life? How can human beings find truth? How can they discover who they really are? How can they live together in peace? How can they live more fully in God’s presence in this world and be united with God in the world to come? The scholars who have written these chapters are all experts on their respective topics, but they wear their learning lightly. Anyone wishing to discover the riches of Christian spirituality will find this the ideal introduction and should be able to progress to a deeper understanding of the texts themselves.

No Abiding Place

No Abiding Place
Author: Fred Herron
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 138
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780761831358
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Abiding Place Book Excerpt:

Thomas Merton played a critical role in facilitating and embodying a revolutionary paradigm shift in Catholic life and thought. His public grappling with the issues raised by this shift in the life of the Catholic Church provided a vocabulary with which a generation of seekers has attempted to frame an on-going discussion regarding the future of the Catholic Church. Consequently Merton's life and thought continue to be guideposts for spiritual pilgrims confronting issues of authority in the church, a changing moral landscape and the contemporary crisis in the Catholic Church. Part One of the book describes this profound paradigm shift and locates Merton's developing thought within that landscape. It places Merton's thought within the larger framework of the Catholic imagination as described by David Tracy, Andrew Greeley, and Thomas Groome. The landmark research of Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University concerning the nature of contemporary spiritual-seeking, provides a framework that helps to identify Merton's continuing relevance for the study of spirituality. Parts Two and Three discuss Merton's lasting importance for contemporary spirituality.

In His Spirit

In His Spirit
Author: Richard Hauser,Richard J. Hauser
Publsiher: Paulist Press
Total Pages: 130
Release: 1982
ISBN: 9780809124213
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In His Spirit Book Excerpt:

"A meditation on and exploration of the person and the Spirit, a guide to knowing better ourselves and the Spirit and the relation between us." -- Back cover.

Sacred Music Religious Desire and Knowledge of God

Sacred Music  Religious Desire and Knowledge of God
Author: Julian Perlmutter
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-02-20
ISBN: 1350114979
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Music Religious Desire and Knowledge of God Book Excerpt:

Many people find sacred choral music profound and deeply evocative, even in societies that seem to be turning away from religious belief. In this book, Julian Perlmutter examines how, in light of its wide appeal, sacred music can have religious significance for people regardless of their religious convictions. By differentiating between doctrinal belief and the desire for God, Perlmutter explores a longing for the spiritual that is compatible with both belief and 'interested non-belief'. He describes how sacred music can elicit this kind of longing, thereby helping the listener to grow in religious openness. The work of Thomas Merton is also analyzed in order to show that musically-elicited desire for God can be incorporated into the Christian practice of contemplative prayer, aimed ultimately at a union of love with God. By exploring connections between desire, knowledge and religious practice, this engaging account illustrates how sacred music can have a transformative effect on one's wider spiritual life. Of particular interest to philosophers and theologians, the book makes a novel contribution to several topics including religious epistemology, the philosophy of emotion and aesthetics.

Spiritual Guides

Spiritual Guides
Author: Fred Dallmayr
Publsiher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2017-12-15
ISBN: 0268102600
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Guides Book Excerpt:

In Spiritual Guides: Pathfinders in the Desert, Fred Dallmayr challenges the "desert character" of modern culture. Political and economic corruption, incessant warmongering, spoliation of natural resources, and, above all, mindless consumerism and greedy self-satisfaction are all symptoms of what he contends is an expanding wasteland or desert where everything creative and nourishing decays and withers. Through an alternative interpretation of Nietzsche's saying "the desert grows," this book calls for spiritual renewal, invoking in particular four prominent guides or pathfinders in the desert: Paul Tillich, Raimon Panikkar, Thomas Merton, and Pope Francis. What links all four guides together is the view of spiritual life as an itinerarium, a pathway along difficult and often uncharted roads. Dallmayr begins by drawing a connection between Nietzsche's characterization of the desert in Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the present culture of consumerism, in which a nearly-exclusive emphasis on productivity, efficiency, profitability, and the transformation of everything valuable into a useful resource prevails over all other goals. He also draws attention to another sense of "desert," namely, as a place of solitude, meditation, and retreat from affliction. Aptly defined, it becomes a place where spirituality arises from a painful "turning-about": a wrenching effort to extricate human life from the decay of late modernity. Spirituality is not a possession or property but rather the contemplation and radical mindfulness that we develop through engaged practices as we search for pathways to recovery. Spirituality becomes critical in the dominant political and cultural wasteland because it provides a bond linking humanity together. In the spirit of global ecumenism, Spiritual Guides also includes a discussion of Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist forms of spirituality. This book will interest students and scholars of philosophy, political theory, and religion.

Self and Wisdom in Arts Based Contemplative Inquiry in Education

Self and Wisdom in Arts Based Contemplative Inquiry in Education
Author: Giovanni Rossini
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2020-11-09
ISBN: 100024489X
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Self and Wisdom in Arts Based Contemplative Inquiry in Education Book Excerpt:

By foregrounding a first-person perspective, this text enacts and explores self-reflection as a mode of inquiry in educational research and highlights the centrality of the individual researcher in the construction of knowledge. Engaging in particular with the work of Thomas Merton through a dialogical approach to his writings, Self and Wisdom in Arts-Based Contemplative Inquiry in Education offers rich examples of personal engagement with text and art to illustrate the pervasive influence of the personal in reflective, narrative, and aesthetic forms of inquiry. Chapters consider methodological and philosophical implications of self-study and contemplative research in educational contexts, and show how dialogic approaches can enrich empirical forms of inquiry, and inform pedagogical practice. In its embrace of a contemplative voice within an academic treatise, the text offers a rich example of arts-based contemplative inquiry. This unique text will be of interest to postgraduate scholars, researchers, and academics working in the fields of educational philosophy, arts-based and qualitative research methodologies and Merton studies.

A Retreat with Thomas Merton

A Retreat with Thomas Merton
Author: Esther De Waal
Publsiher: Canterbury Press
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2014-04-25
ISBN: 184825685X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Retreat with Thomas Merton Book Excerpt:

The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven day personal or group retreat programme using extracts from Thomas Merton's writings and a selection of his photography.