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A celebration of Merton's spiritual autobiography is accompanied by an introduction from the editor and a note from Merton's biographer
Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners.
The author discusses how various saints have inspired and guided his life throughout his childhood, Wharton school education, business career at General Electric, and vocation as a Jesuit.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 43. Chapters: Thomas Merton, Adi Da, David Deida, John Starr Cooke, Richard Rose, Caroline Myss, Elisabeth K bler-Ross, Geoffrey Hoppe, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Marshall Vian Summers, Gangaji, Wayne Teasdale, Wayne Dyer, E. J. Gold, Albert Rudolph, Esther Hicks, Hanumatpresaka Swami, Peace Pilgrim, Lex Hixon, Ernest Holmes, Vernon Howard, Guy Finley, Byron Katie, Michael Newton, Flower A. Newhouse, Hilda Charlton, Robert Collier, Ronald Podrow, Alex Anatole, Joseph Murphy, Adyashanti, Tolly Burkan, Christian de la Huerta, Clyde T. Francisco. Excerpt: Adi Da Samraj (Devan?gar?: ? ) (November 3, 1939 - November 27, 2008), born Franklin Albert Jones in Queens, New York, was a spiritual teacher, writer and artist, and the founder of a new religious movement known as Adidam. Adi Da changed his name numerous times throughout his life; these names included Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Da Love-Ananda, Da Kalki, Da Avadhoota, and Da Avabhasa among others. From 1991 until his death, he was known as Adi Da Love-Ananda Samraj or Adi Da. Adi Da initially became known in the spiritual counterculture of the 1970s for his books and public talks, and for the activities of his religious community. His philosophy was essentially similar to many eastern religions which see spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate priority of human life. Distinguishing his from other religious traditions, Adi Da declared that he was a uniquely historic avatar (incarnation of a god or divinity in human form). As such, Adi Da stated that devotional worship of him is the sole means of spiritual enlightenment for others. In the mid 1980s, allegations by former followers of financial, sexual and emotional abuses within Adidam received international media attention. These allegations resulted in lawsuits or threatened suits on both sides. Adi Da wrote many books about his...
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Thomas Merton, Andy Harries, Stuart Broad, China Mieville, Matthew Macfadyen, Oakham School, Lewis Moody, Tom Croft, Jay Kay, Joseph George Cumming, Katie Mitchell, Matthew Manning, Alex Brundle, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Lucy Pearson, Richard Keith Sprigg, Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern, Anthony Clarke, Baron Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Bill O'Chee, Charlie Beech, Alfred Young Nutt, Malcolm Rogers, Kwame Ryan, Roderick Bradley, Stefan Kelly, John Henley, Alex Goode, Richard Profit, Miles Jupp, Crista Cullen, Matt Smith, Leonard Noel Fisher, Charlie Bewley, John Henry Pratt, Edward Healy Thompson, James Atlay, Matthew Boyce. Excerpt: Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 - December 10, 1968) was a 20th century Anglo-American Catholic writer. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of disillusioned World War II veterans, students, and even teen-agers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D.T. Suzuki, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Merton has also been the subject of several biographies. On January 31, 1915, Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France, to Owen Merton, a New Zealand painter active in Europe and the United States, and Ruth Jenkins, an...
All aboard! Travel with me on God’s spiritual soul train! When I was three years old, I boarded a train and waved goodbye to my mother. I never saw her face again. Separated from our brother, I wrapped my arms around my sister, and God wrapped his arms around me. I did not realize at that moment that God had given me a job at that station in my life. I looked out the window and saw a blue sky of hope that I will remember always. My life is blessed in spite of this childhood heartbreak, my brother’s suicide, and my sister’s issues with epilepsy and suicidal tendencies. I have a remarkable life, and at each station I have been fortunate to know a God that holds me steadfast with the fascinating adventure and mystery of the world so created by him. I want you to travel with me and feel the rain upon your face, stand in awe of the descriptive sunrises and sunsets, hear the birds waking up, and picture the magnificent race horses galloping around the horse farm. Visualize the wild coyote and the white-tailed deer that dwell around me. Meet great Biblical leaders of the Bible and Christian warriors and missionaries of yesterday and today. Enjoy quotes and stories by the famous and not-so-famous but extraordinary women and men who have made and are making a difference in the world that we live in. Experience God’s seasons with me as I paint you a spring with cherry blossoms and dogwood trees surrounded by buttercups; show you the colors of autumn, highlighting the vivid oranges, yellows, and reds; smell the evergreen, pines, honeysuckle vines as I ask you to swim in their fragrance on my favorite prayer walk in the park; sit with me around the warm fires, and walk in the snow with me during Christmastime. Settle down in my snug, old barn office with hot coffee as I ask you to join me for devotional and prayer. May you exhale and inhale passion as the devotionals come alive in your heart with eternal hope and love.
We are becoming a nation of superficial and distracted consumers of instant messages and images, a state of being which does not aid engagement in religious and other deep commitments that require a sustained level of reflection and contemplation. In his thought-provoking work, Phillip M. Thompson analyses the shadow elements of technology - nuclear armaments, the bio-engineering of humans, and the distancing of humanity from the natural world - through the fascinating insights of the spiritual writer and monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968). Merton's work offers an important critique and healing resource for contemporary, technology-saturated culture through constructive recommendations which include a balanced approach to work, the careful management of technology, and an appreciation of the recuperative aspects of nature. While understanding the positive influences of technology, Merton urges us not be naively optimistic about its benefits, but to consider the threat it poses to a life of humanity and spiritual connection. A consideration of the profound issues discussed in this book will interest any reader concerned with the intersection between spirituality and technology, and how to maintain spiritual integrity in a technological world.

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