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Contemplation in a World of Action

Contemplation in a World of Action

Second Edition, Restored and Corrected

Thomas Merton

“Merton was one of the most important spiritual writers of the century, a monk and writer widely acknowledged as . . . one who has deep and intuitive wisdom about the ways of the spiritual life.” —Anne Carr

“From the point of view of a religious practitioner and, in particular, as a monastic, Thomas Merton really is someone that we can look up to . . . the impact of meeting him will remain till my last breath.” —H. H. Dalai Lama

“When I speak of the contemplative life I do not mean the institutional, cloistered life. . . . I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development. . . . Discovering the contemplative life is a new self-discovery. One might say it is the flowering of a deeper identity on an entirely different plane.” —Thomas Merton, from the book

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to “our own truth and inner being.” His main focus is our desire and need to attain “a fully human and personal identity.” This classic is a restored and corrected edition.

ISBN: 978-0-268-16236-8
280 pages
Publication Year: 1998

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for twenty-seven years, serving as Novice Master for over a decade. A prolific writer, his works include Faith and Violence, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

“To me, Contemplation in a World of Action is [Merton’s] most eloquent book, for in it he speaks more directly of the contemplative life than he ever had before, and in so doing, distilled the wisdom gained from his own contemplative experience.” —Julius Lester, New York Times Book Review

“Many years ahead of his time—as all serious prophets are—Merton saw the necessary link between contemplation and social action.” — Values and Visions Reviews Service

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Edited by James Boyd White

Contemplation in a World of Action

Second Edition, Restored and Corrected

Thomas Merton

 Contemplation in a World of Action: Second Edition, Restored and Corrected
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

“Merton was one of the most important spiritual writers of the century, a monk and writer widely acknowledged as . . . one who has deep and intuitive wisdom about the ways of the spiritual life.” —Anne Carr

“From the point of view of a religious practitioner and, in particular, as a monastic, Thomas Merton really is someone that we can look up to . . . the impact of meeting him will remain till my last breath.” —H. H. Dalai Lama

“When I speak of the contemplative life I do not mean the institutional, cloistered life. . . . I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development. . . . Discovering the contemplative life is a new self-discovery. One might say it is the flowering of a deeper identity on an entirely different plane.” —Thomas Merton, from the book

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to “our own truth and inner being.” His main focus is our desire and need to attain “a fully human and personal identity.” This classic is a restored and corrected edition.

ISBN: 978-0-268-16236-8

280 pages

“To me, Contemplation in a World of Action is [Merton’s] most eloquent book, for in it he speaks more directly of the contemplative life than he ever had before, and in so doing, distilled the wisdom gained from his own contemplative experience.” —Julius Lester, New York Times Book Review

“Many years ahead of his time—as all serious prophets are—Merton saw the necessary link between contemplation and social action.” — Values and Visions Reviews Service

Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropology