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Thomas Merton was a Catholic monk and mystic who, perhaps more than anyone else in the 20th century, is associated with opening up a dialog between the spiritual traditions of East and West. He himself studied many Eastern spiritual practices deeply, from Zen meditation to Hindu yogic philosophy.

He is best known today for his essays on the spiritual life, especially his first book, The Seven Storey Mountain. He was also a gifted poet.

Poems by Thomas Merton

Recommended Books: Thomas Merton

Selected Poems of Thomas Merton The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton A Thomas Merton Reader The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton Thomas Merton Monk & Poet: A Critical Study

Related Links

The Thomas Merton Center and International Thomas Merton Society

Chronology of Merton's life, several good photos, lots of links.

The Abbey of Gethsemani

The website of the Trappist monastery that Merton belonged to with its history and info on its monastic life. Includes a brief section on Merton.

The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living

Biographical sketch of Merton, list of all his books, weekly reflection, Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. A site worth exploring.

Thomas Merton Monk and Poet

A devotional site with something of a hodgepodge organization, but a lot of good material, photos and links.
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