Contemplative Prayer by Thomas MertonThomas Mertons classic study of monastic prayer and contemplation brings a tradition of spirituality alive for the present day. But, as A. M. Allchin points out in his Introduction to this new edition, Contemplative Prayer also shows us the present day in a new perspective, because we see it in the light of a long and living tradition. Merton stresses that in meditation we should not look for a method or system but cultivate an attitude or outlook: faith, openness, attention, reverence, expectation, trust, joy. God is found in the desert of surrender, in giving up any expectation of a particular message and waiting on the Word of God in silence. Merton insists on the humility of faith, which he argues will do far more to launch us into the full current of historical reality than the pompous rationalisations of politicians who think they are somehow the directors and manipulators of history.
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Thomas Merton was an American Trappist, scholar of comparative religion, priest, poet, mystic and author of more than seventy books, including The Seven Story Mountain, that aroused an enormous new interest in contemplative prayer. Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy.
Look Inside. Feb 01, ISBN Nov 17, ISBN In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences—from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism—to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change. In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.
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