Sunday is the birthday of Thomas Merton, born 31 January 1915.
Merton was a monk who not only wrote elegantly about contemplative life, but also was a gifted poet and social critic. Here is an introductory guide to some of his best books. I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.
9. [easyazon_link identifier=”0374520011″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Mystics and Zen Masters[/easyazon_link]
In the latter years of his life, Merton also became an advocate for interfaith conversation, particularly between Catholic and Buddhist monks. This volume is a great introduction to why he became passionate about dialogue with Eastern religions.