The Wisdom of the Desert (Revised)
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The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.
The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
January 17, 1970
5.24 X 0.27 X 7.98 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968.
In fact, Thomas Merton does not so much introduce the Fathers of the desert; he stands in their midst, one of them.--Father Daniel Berrigan