On Eastern Meditation by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

An excellent creation to the religions of the East through a monk from the West.Merton's biographer, George Woodcock, as soon as wrote that "almost from the start of his monastic occupation, Thomas Merton tentatively started to become aware of the nice Asian religions of Buddhism and Taoism." Merton, an established social justice suggest, first approached jap theology as an admirer of Gandhi's ideals on non-violence. via Gandhi, Merton got here to understand the good Hindu textual content the Bhagavad Gita and in time got here to have dialogues with the Dalai Lama and Taoist chief D. T. Suzuki. Merton then turned deeply attracted to Chuang Tzu and Zen inspiration. On jap Meditation, edited by way of Bonnie Thurston (author of Merton and Buddhism), gathers the simplest of his jap theological writings right into a gorgeously designed reward ebook variation.

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