The Ascent to Truth by Thomas Merton

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Merton defines Christian mysticism, especially as expressed by the Spanish Carmelite St. John of the Cross, and he offers the contemplative experience as an answer to the irreligion and barbarism of our times. “For those...curious about mysticism...this is an excellent book” (Catholic World).

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain. Scholar and poet, Bonnie Thurston is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church.
Published November 4, 2002 by Mariner Books. 357 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Thomas Merton first came into prominence as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, a spiritual autobiography which because of its arresting style and the appropriateness of his experience to the mood of disillusionment then current deservedly became a best seller.

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