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Thomas Merton (1915–1968)

Autor(a) de The Seven Storey Mountain

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About the Author

Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his mostrar mais works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and in 1938, he converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he received an M.A. from Columbia University and in 1941, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death. His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Thomas Merton in Pictures From the archives of the Thomas Merton Center. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust.


Obras de Thomas Merton

The Seven Storey Mountain (1948) 4,666 cópias
New Seeds of Contemplation (1961) 2,228 cópias
No Man Is an Island (1955) 2,187 cópias
Contemplative Prayer (1969) 1,419 cópias
Thoughts In Solitude (1958) 1,186 cópias
The Way of Chuang Tzu (1969) — Autor — 1,107 cópias
The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions) (1960) — Autor — 1,073 cópias
Zen and the Birds of Appetite (1968) 749 cópias
The Sign of Jonas (1953) 687 cópias
Life and Holiness (1963) 632 cópias
Mystics and Zen Masters (1967) 554 cópias
The Ascent to Truth (1951) 496 cópias
Seeds of Contemplation (1949) 448 cópias
Bread in the Wilderness (1953) 422 cópias
The Waters Of Siloe (1777) — Autor — 419 cópias
Praying the Psalms (1956) 398 cópias
The New Man (1961) — Autor — 393 cópias
A Book of Hours (2007) 378 cópias
Love and Living (1979) 350 cópias
The Silent Life (1957) 319 cópias
Opening the Bible (1970) — Autor — 308 cópias
Disputed Questions (1960) 302 cópias
The Living Bread (1956) 289 cópias
Raids on the Unspeakable (1966) 250 cópias
The Monastic Journey (1977) 236 cópias
Seasons of celebration (1965) 166 cópias
What Is Contemplation? (1978) 142 cópias
Seeds (2002) 136 cópias
Seeds of Destruction (1964) 130 cópias
The Nonviolent Alternative (1980) 116 cópias
He Is Risen (1657) 105 cópias
A vow of conversation : journals, 1964-1965 (1988) — Autor — 98 cópias
Geography of Lograire (1969) 52 cópias
Thomas Merton on peace (1971) 46 cópias
Emblems of a Season of Fury (1963) 39 cópias
A Catch of Anti-Letters (1978) 38 cópias
The Tears of the Blind Lions (1949) 35 cópias
Day of a stranger (1981) 33 cópias
Geography of holiness : the photography of Thomas Merton (1980) — Fotógrafo — 27 cópias
Silence in Heaven: A Book of the Monastic Life (1956) — Autor — 23 cópias
Cold War Letters (2006) 21 cópias
Cistercian life (1974) 19 cópias
The Strange Islands (1957) 19 cópias
A Man in the Divided Sea (1946) 18 cópias
REDEEMING THE TIME (1965) 18 cópias
Figures for an Apocalypse (1947) 17 cópias
Meditations on Liturgy (1976) 15 cópias
Silence, Joy (2018) 15 cópias
Thomas Merton on Zen (1976) 13 cópias
La Paix monastique (1957) 12 cópias
Vägen till kontemplation (1980) 12 cópias
Resa i den inre verkligheten (1985) 11 cópias
Introductions East & West (1981) 10 cópias
The behavior of Titans (1961) 10 cópias
Thomas Merton on the Psalms (1977) 8 cópias
Journal d'asie (1993) 7 cópias
Szukanie Boga 5 cópias
Kallad till tystnad (2005) 5 cópias
The Merton Annual Volume 9 (1997) 4 cópias
La contemplazione cristiana (2001) 4 cópias
Come to the Mountain (1964) 4 cópias
Thomas Merton on Prayer (1989) 4 cópias
Diarios. 1939-1968 (2014) 3 cópias
Listy (1991) 3 cópias
The Zen revival (1967) 3 cópias
Vida i santedat 3 cópias
La lluvia y el rinoceronte (1962) 3 cópias
Incursiones en lo indecible (1973) 3 cópias
Thirty poems (1944) 3 cópias
Leggere la Bibbia (2002) 2 cópias
Nativity kerygma (1958) 2 cópias
Orar Los Salmos (2005) 2 cópias
Merton 2 cópias
Humanismo cristiano (2001) 2 cópias
Wybór wierszy (1986) 2 cópias
A Merton Reader (1974) 2 cópias
Un vivere alternativo (1995) 2 cópias
The Thomas Merton Studies Center (Volume One) — Contribuinte, algumas edições2 cópias
Tiempos de celebración 1 exemplar(es)
Created for Love (1993) 1 exemplar(es)
Zeiten der Stille. (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
O pão vivo 1 exemplar(es)
LE PAIN VIVANT. (1957) 1 exemplar(es)
Paz na era pós-cristã (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Marta,Maria e Lazaro 1 exemplar(es)
Sementes de destruição 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton Reader, A 1 exemplar(es)
El Camino monástico (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Che cosa è la contemplazione (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
La rivoluzione nera (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton on William Faulkner (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
O Homem Novo 1 exemplar(es)
Asiatisches Tagebuch 1 exemplar(es)
Inner and Outer Poverty (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
Cistercian contemplatives / — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
The Irish Tradition of Mysticism (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
Silence (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
Paz Personal Paz Social (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Nul n'est une le 1 exemplar(es)
Na Liberdade da Solidão 1 exemplar(es)
Fjellet med de syv trinn 1 exemplar(es)
The Desert fathers 1 exemplar(es)
The Sign of Jonah 1 exemplar(es)
Pensamientos en soledad 1 exemplar(es)
Il monaco 1 exemplar(es)
The Genesee Diary 1 exemplar(es)
The Camaldolese Way 1 exemplar(es)
eremitas do saccidananda 1 exemplar(es)
Pierwotny ideał karmelu 1 exemplar(es)
La vida silenciosa 1 exemplar(es)
KONTEMPLATIV B (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Hetkien kirja (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Love 1 exemplar(es)
Nonviolent Alternative (1980) 1 exemplar(es)
Voies de la vraie prière, Les (1997) 1 exemplar(es)
Luč nevidne resnice 1 exemplar(es)
Cablogrammi e profezie 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton on Sufism (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Alternate Celebrations Catalogue (1965) 1 exemplar(es)
Duh 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Community 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton on Love (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
La montagna dalla sette balze (1966) 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Contemplation 1 exemplar(es)
Life and God’s Love 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Prophecy 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Truth 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Work 1 exemplar(es)
Life and Celebration 1 exemplar(es)
Words of Peace 1 exemplar(es)
Sedmistupňová hora (2002) 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton on Prayer - 2 (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Essential Writing 1 exemplar(es)
Thomas Merton on Poetry (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Cargo theology 1 exemplar(es)
Alone With God 1 exemplar(es)
Pasternak (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Natural Contemplation 1 exemplar(es)
Semences de destruction (1965) 1 exemplar(es)
Cuestiones discutidas 1 exemplar(es)
Fenelon Letters (1964) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

City of God (0426) — Introdução, algumas edições6,229 cópias
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (2004) — Contribuinte — 763 cópias
Gandhi on Non-Violence: A Selection From the Writings of Mahatma Gandi (1964) — Editor, algumas edições339 cópias
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuinte — 329 cópias
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuinte — 163 cópias
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Saints for Now (1952) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire (1967) — Prefácio, algumas edições79 cópias
Russian Mystics (1976) — Prefácio, algumas edições71 cópias
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Prison Meditations of Father Delp (1963) — Introdução, algumas edições62 cópias
A Hidden Wholeness/The Visual World of Thomas Merton (1977) — Fotógrafo — 55 cópias
Counsels of Light and Love (1953) — Introdução — 51 cópias
Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton (2006) — Ilustrador — 43 cópias
Antaeus No. 61, Autumn 1988 - Journals, Notebooks & Diaries (1988) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Merton & Buddhism: (The Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series) (2007) — Fotógrafo, algumas edições32 cópias
Elsewhere (Poets in the World) (2014) — Tradutor, algumas edições24 cópias
No more strangers (1965) — Introdução — 22 cópias
The Analog Sea Review: Number Two (2019) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Son of Man: Great Writing About Jesus Christ (2002) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Clement of Alexandria Selections from the Protreptikos (1962) — Essay, algumas edições; Tradutor, algumas edições12 cópias
New World Writing: First Mentor Selection (1952) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Merton [1984 film] (2004) — Featured — 10 cópias
Non-violence and the Christian conscience (1966) — Prefácio, algumas edições10 cópias
The Analog Sea Review: Number One (2018) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
The Jaguar and the Moon (1971) — Tradutor, algumas edições7 cópias
Stroker anthology, 1974-1994 (1994) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Mansions of the Spirit (1967) — Introdução, algumas edições7 cópias
Triquarterly 19 (Fall 1970) For Edward Dahlberg (1970) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Palabra de Amor: La búsqueda de la sanación integral (2002) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
New Directions in Prose and Poetry 33 (2010) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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FILBO | May 2, 2024 |
Beautiful, insightful little book on the nature of Christian monasticism. Wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book on a whim from my local used book store, other than a dim awareness that Merton wasn’t your typical “Christian” writer. What I found was a book that is partially an explanation of the principles that underlie the monk’s way of life, partially a description of how these principles manifest in various monastic orders.

Even as a non Christian, I could still see the universal significance of the ideas Merton writes about. This is probably because Merton is concerned not only with dogma and liturgy, but how true adherence to the principles of Christian faith manifest in the real world, and how our society as it stands has fallen so far from those principles. You know you are dealing with a real one when Merton decries the way the “totalitarians” and “capitalists” have deformed modern man, or how a monk that pretends to mere bourgeois values can never reach true spiritual purity. Merton recognizes that society as it stands is lacking, and is unsustainable in the long term. The monastic life provides not only the conditions for a closer relationship with god, but also a model for the way man can organize his relationship with his environment, his tools, his work, and his fellow human beings. A monk shares in the work of the cloister, never slacking but also always allowing for plenty of time for contemplation and rest. Mutual aid is a requirement of the communal like style in the cloister, but a monk must always respect the solitude and space of another. A monk is encouraged to take up a creative exploit and devote time to its mastery. A monk lives simply and without extraneous things; the possessions he does own, he treats with the care and dignity befitting tools made to do God’s work.

One might see the monastic lifestyle as meaningless asceticism, a wholesale denial of a big part of what it means to be human; Merton would argue (I think convincingly) that the excision of all unnecessary things makes space for the sliver of human existence that truly makes a life significant, a sliver that has all but been buried by the modern world.
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hdeanfreemanjr | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 29, 2024 |
Two things in Shannon’s note in this edition propelled me to begin this book. First, Merton may have been a product of or perhaps even drawn to the post Reformation, pre Vatican II arrogance of the Church that led it to promote an exclusionary, limiting interpretation of the Gospels. And what attracts and emboldens him to believe and profess his faith through our shared body of the Church? Second, how does the issuance of a human child ever in our faith get deemed something so horrific as to be revealed only in a “tell-all” version of his life, how can it reasonably be labeled a “disaster” for him and the unmarried women?

I’d like to read a forward written perhaps in the pen of the ‘disastrous’ child. A man, especially a religious one, who avoids the privilege of knowing, acknowledging, and supporting his own blood cannot, in my opinion, be trusted to carry the full message of Christ. No child in a classroom, a boardroom, or the theatre of life would or should ever imagine having to introduce themselves as a bastard, a disaster, a secret, or the unwanted product of a so-called aspiring Man of God. Women, mothers certainly do not and cannot hide from such accomplishments, i.e. bringing a life into this world. So I would call his posture in reference to this child a “social abortion” and no less and perhaps more unfortunate that a bona fide abortion. What is it exactly that is so secret, disastrous, or so shameful about a child born as to warrant being rejected by the Franciscan Order or public opinion or him? This escapes me entirely.

I expect to read in the remainder of Merton’s book of someone who is preoccupied with scrubbing his earthly life dry of the pitfalls of everyday humanness. Why bother? There is no sin so original, after all, other than that of Adam and Eve, that anyone should imagine they have invented, a frailty so novel that they can’t be forgiven or make amends. To run from one’s own ‘failures’ so assuredly while pursuing a Christ-like life, then, it seems to me, is a profound disservice to the gift of being human and accessing the grace of God in the first place.

I’ll update my review. If I can finish his missive. Lord, give me strength.
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NeelieOB | outras 54 resenhas | Jan 20, 2024 |
Can faith and violence exist side by side? Do the faithful indulge in violence? Much more often than not, says Thomas Merchant in this book. Merton says the population of an affluent world is nourished by a steady diet of brutal mythology and hallucinations.
PendleHillLibrary | 1 outra resenha | Jan 4, 2024 |



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