Inner Experience
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Inner Experience

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Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton's last book, in which he draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life.

Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions.

Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer. But now the Merton Legacy Trust and experts have determined that the book makes such a valuable contribution as his major comprehensive presentation of contemplation that they have allowed its publication.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 143 x 197 x 12mm | 174g
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060593628
  • 9780060593629
  • 107,028

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"Merton speaks to us even now -- and freshly -- with these perceptive insights into the contemplative life."--Paul Wilkes, author of Beyond the Walls: Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life
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