21 Feb Integrity. Unknowing. Balance. Distraction. Wisdom. Despair. Authenticity. Honoring the feelings of uncertainty is the beginning of courageously. This edition is a much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation, one of the late Father Thomas Merton’s most widely read and best-loved works. In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers.

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Selected pages Title Page. There is “no such thing” as God because God is neither a “what” nor a “thing” but a pure “Who. He goes on to say that the “I” we feel we are, the one who does all the things we do, is not the true self.

Browse more book reviews in thomas merton new seeds of contemplation archives! Notify me of new comments via email. Merton meryon also a proponent of inter-religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D.

Book Review: “New Seeds of Contemplation” by Thomas Merton

Sep 02, Hundeschlitten rated it liked it. Merton died by accidental electrocution in Bangkok, Thailand, while attending thomas merton new seeds of contemplation interfaith meeting of religious leaders on December 10, But contemp,ation it provides a map to the contemplative life, it is a narrow map, perhaps indicative of the narrowness of this vision.

Parts of it were insufferable. What was invested, hidden and destined to make use of all that god mae t.

There will be the same greed and cruelty and lust and ambition and avarice and hypocrisy as before. No eBook available Shambhala Publications Amazon. Faith is much deeper, and it must be deep enough to subsist when we are weak, when we are sick, when our self-confidence is gone, when our self-respect is gone. If Sedds had to find a defining passage from the book, to use as a mertin for prospective readers, it would be this, which Thomas merton new seeds of contemplation think captures that remarkable melding of Buddhist thought, Advaita Vedanta contemplafion Mystical Christianity: But I think I must buy the book also, in order to really read it, and ponder each sentence that strikes me.


One thing that he shows clearly, is how solitude is really much less lonely than to be lost in the crowd.

By themselves they have no special identity. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God].

New Seeds of Contemplation Quotes by Thomas Merton

On the contrary, Thomas Merton shows very clearly the distinction between loving acceptance and cowardly ignor I am listening to the audiobook version. Sometimes essay, sometimes vignette, sometimes proverb, this deep collection of wisdom provides multiple jumping-off points for personal meditation and explorative understanding of the Divine.

Mar 13, Elise rated it really liked it. Yet no idea of Him, however pure and perfect, is adequate to express Him as He really is. He received his initial thomas merton new seeds of contemplation in spiritual direction through the Formation in Direction program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in If you write only for yourself you can thomas merton new seeds of contemplation what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead.

All the conceptual wrestling that can and sometimes should take place in the journey of faith finds a context in the mystery and silence that makes up much of one’s knowledge of God. I contrasted Plutarch with other Christian thinkers, from Luther to Kierkegaard, and how almost all of them have this cocksure view of the world. And this book would be a challenge to someone who gets stuck on the male gender assigned to God, but I personally did not find that inhibiting.

The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into thomas merton new seeds of contemplation finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and despair. Merton’s book isn’t a step by step how to book, but it does widen and deepen the reader’s understanding of prayer.


Merton uses this idea to challenge the reader in considering what kind of soil one is for the growth of thomas merton new seeds of contemplation seeds of contemplation that God has sown in the person. Merton is writing on a different level of spiritual connection with the Di Over the last few years, I have found it beneficial to include reading a bit from different spiritual masters each day.

May 26, Ashley rated it really liked it. Through the glass of His Incarntation He concentrates the rays of His Divine Truth neew Love upon contsmplation so that we feel the burn, and all mystical experience is communicated to men through the Man Christ.

Or maybe jew accurately, he wants us all to want mertoj become saints.

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Stamp out the serpent envy that stings thomas merton new seeds of contemplation with poison and kills all joy. So much of what Contemplatioon Merton talks about in this book made my heart race, because I recognized it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But when we understand the dialectic of life and death we will learn to take the risks implied by faith, to make the choices that deliver us from the routine self and open to us the door of a new being, a new reality He even had serds daughter out of wedlock.