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New Directions Paparback #295: Wisdom of the Desert

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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.

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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books--surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.

About the Author

Thomas Merton(1915-1968) was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion, Merton wrote numerous books on spirituality, including his monumental autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811201025
Author:
Merton, Thomas
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Church Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology and philosophy
Subject:
Christian literature, early
Subject:
Christian literature, early (collections)
Subject:
Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Christian Life - Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christian Literature
Subject:
Christianity - General
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions Paparback
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 1970
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English.
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
ix, 81 p.
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.3 in 0.24 lb

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