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The complete Fons Vitae Thomas Merton & World Religions Series – 6 books (25% discount).

“Thomas Merton’s mature monastic perspectives included his increasing openness to persons of other faith traditions that included Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Through personal contacts and by correspondence, Merton practiced hospitality to experiences of faith by those seeking God in ways that might differ from but also complement his own Roman Catholicism.”
– Jonathan Montaldo- Editor for the Fons Vitae Series

Merton & Buddhism Wisdom, Emptiness & Everyday Mind: The ideas Merton was drawn to in Buddhism provide inspiration for readers of any practice. We are introduced to the masters and their teachings which most affected his thinking: The Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, Karlu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, as well as Thich Nhat Hanh. This book contains a plethora of previously unpublished photography as well as new material from persons who were with Merton in Asia in the weeks preceding his untimely death in 1968.

Merton And Hesychasm: The Eastern Church & The Prayer of the Heart: A groundbreaking work that introduces the West to Eastern Christian spirituality through the “lens” of Thomas Merton—to the “Prayer of the Heart”—as practiced from the time of the Desert Fathers. Merton and Hesychasm: The Prayer of the Heart brings to light what inspired the monk’s captivation with the Oriental mystical tradition.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (ret.) said: “Merton’s spirituality would not be what it is without his devoted and careful study of Greek patristic thought and the Desert Fathers.”

Merton And Sufism: The Untold Story – A Complete Compendium: The most comprehensive study available. Merton here explains the Sufi tradition for the spiritual seeker. This collection is comprised of essays, Merton’s Sufi poems, reviews of Sufi texts, and transcriptions of his Sufism lectures given to at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Also included is Merton’s famous correspondence with Abdul Aziz and Marco Pallis, and a photo essay depicting similarities among Sufi and Christian practices.

Merton and the Protestant Tradition: Thomas Merton’s thoughts on Protestantism as expressed in traditions from Episcopal to Baptist to Quaker includes quotes of Merton from his various writings and conversations. The book describes the evolution from Merton’s early Catholicism to his growing appreciation of Protestantism.

Merton and Judaism: Holiness In Words – Recognition, Repentance And Renewal: Outstanding writers discuss Thomas Merton’s discovery of and developing relationship with Judaism. Features Merton’s correspondence with Jewish scholars and participation in Catholic Church’s opening to respect for Jewish faith and spirituality, especially in the Ecumenical Council of 1962-65.

Merton & The Tao: This fifth volume in the highly regarded Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series reveals the depth of the monk’s interests in Taoism and in particular the sage Chuang-Tzu from whose writings Merton selected, translated and presented a work that he called his personal favorite, The Way of Chuang Tzu.

 

 

 

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The complete Fons Vitae Thomas Merton & World Religions Series – 6 books (25% discount).

“Thomas Merton’s mature monastic perspectives included his increasing openness to persons of other faith traditions that included Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Through personal contacts and by correspondence, Merton practiced hospitality to experiences of faith by those seeking God in ways that might differ from but also complement his own Roman Catholicism.”
– Jonathan Montaldo- Editor for the Fons Vitae Series

Merton & Buddhism Wisdom, Emptiness & Everyday Mind: The ideas Merton was drawn to in Buddhism provide inspiration for readers of any practice. We are introduced to the masters and their teachings which most affected his thinking: The Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, Karlu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, as well as Thich Nhat Hanh. This book contains a plethora of previously unpublished photography as well as new material from persons who were with Merton in Asia in the weeks preceding his untimely death in 1968.

Merton And Hesychasm: The Eastern Church & The Prayer of the Heart: A groundbreaking work that introduces the West to Eastern Christian spirituality through the “lens” of Thomas Merton—to the “Prayer of the Heart”—as practiced from the time of the Desert Fathers. Merton and Hesychasm: The Prayer of the Heart brings to light what inspired the monk’s captivation with the Oriental mystical tradition.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (ret.) said: “Merton’s spirituality would not be what it is without his devoted and careful study of Greek patristic thought and the Desert Fathers.”

Merton And Sufism: The Untold Story – A Complete Compendium: The most comprehensive study available. Merton here explains the Sufi tradition for the spiritual seeker. This collection is comprised of essays, Merton’s Sufi poems, reviews of Sufi texts, and transcriptions of his Sufism lectures given to at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Also included is Merton’s famous correspondence with Abdul Aziz and Marco Pallis, and a photo essay depicting similarities among Sufi and Christian practices.

Merton and the Protestant Tradition: Thomas Merton’s thoughts on Protestantism as expressed in traditions from Episcopal to Baptist to Quaker includes quotes of Merton from his various writings and conversations. The book describes the evolution from Merton’s early Catholicism to his growing appreciation of Protestantism.

Merton and Judaism: Holiness In Words – Recognition, Repentance And Renewal: Outstanding writers discuss Thomas Merton’s discovery of and developing relationship with Judaism. Features Merton’s correspondence with Jewish scholars and participation in Catholic Church’s opening to respect for Jewish faith and spirituality, especially in the Ecumenical Council of 1962-65.

Merton & The Tao: This fifth volume in the highly regarded Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series reveals the depth of the monk’s interests in Taoism and in particular the sage Chuang-Tzu from whose writings Merton selected, translated and presented a work that he called his personal favorite, The Way of Chuang Tzu.

 

Reviews

A beautiful, rich and well considered dialogue of mystics, artists and scholars. Merton would be pleased.
Jack Kornfield, Buddhist Teacher, author of A Path With Heart
Let it be said first of all that Merton's knowledge of Sufism was authentic and genuine…. He saw in Sufism a living tradition…in which techniques of meditation, concentration, contemplation, invocation had been well preserved leading ultimately to principial and unitive knowledge (al-ma'rifah) which ultimately transcends the realm of multiplicity….Any study of the relation between Merton and Sufism is therefore of much value for not only a better understanding of Merton himself but also for the creation of deeper modes of comprehension between the inward and contemplative dimensions of Islam and Christianity.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University
Merton’s spirituality would not be what it is without his devoted and careful study of Greek patristic thought and the Desert Fathers.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Merton’s mature monastic perspectives included his increasing openness to persons of other faith traditions that included Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Through personal contacts and by correspondence, Merton practiced hospitality to experiences of faith by those seeking God in ways that might differ from but also complement his own Roman Catholicism. This volume explores Merton’s dialogues with Protestants, especially with Protestant seminary professors and their students from Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, who would visit him in his hermitage that had originally been built to house these interfaith dialogues. The volume displays Merton and his Protestant interlocutors at their ecumenical best, listening to one another in a communion marked by love and hope.
Jonathan Montaldo, Merton Scholar & Editor of the Fons Vitae Merton Series