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Merton, Thomas 1915-1968

Works: 3,743 works in 8,708 publications in 18 languages and 168,578 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  History  Quotations  Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Meditations  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Lyricist, Performer, Collaborator, Illustrator, Other, Dedicatee, Creator, Honoree, Speaker
Classifications: BX4705.M542, B
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Most widely held works by Thomas Merton
No man is an island by Thomas Merton( Book )

133 editions published between 1955 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 3,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Trappist monk reflects upon important aspects of spiritual life
New seeds of contemplation by Thomas Merton( Book )

34 editions published between 1961 and 2007 in English and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our spiritual lives. For the author, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and will of men. Most of thse unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love
The waters of Siloe by Thomas Merton( Book )

74 editions published between 1949 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the Cistercian Order from its founding in 1098, through the reforms of the seventeenth century, its spread to the Americas and Asia, and its responses to the stresses of the Outside World
Mystics and Zen masters by Thomas Merton( Book )

70 editions published between 1961 and 2003 in 7 languages and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the way of meditation, or contemplation, in both Eastern and Western religions. By immersing himself in his subject and its literature for many years and through his own illuminating insights as a contemplative, the author helps the reader on his way to an understanding and appreciation of a rich and ancient spiritual experience
Seeds of contemplation by Thomas Merton( Book )

88 editions published between 1949 and 1986 in English and Dutch and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short meditations on the contemplative life
Contemplative prayer by Thomas Merton( Book )

55 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author offers guidelines for contemplative prayer taken from meditative and mystical sources. Focuses on using the peace obtained through meditation to effect positive change in the world
The ascent to truth by Thomas Merton( Book )

53 editions published between 1940 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

General introduction to Christian mysticism and interpretation of the mystical methods of St. John of the Cross
Thoughts in solitude by Thomas Merton( Book )

98 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book of meditations by a Trappist monk
The way of Chuang-Tzŭ by Zhuangzi( Book )

43 editions published between 1965 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of readings from the Taoist philosopher Chuang-tzu, selected and freely interpreted
Gandhi on non-violence by Gandhi( Book )

17 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in English and Turkish and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains selected texts from the writings of Mahatma Gandhi in which he expressed his philosophy of non-violence and non-violent action, and includes an introductory essay by editor Thomas Merton
A Thomas Merton reader by Thomas Merton( Book )

27 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, meditations, parables, and verse convey Merton's spirituality and present his thoughts on war, peace, love, literature, the Psalms, and Christian life
Contemplation in a world of action by Thomas Merton( Book )

36 editions published between 1971 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to "our own truth and inner being." Our desire and need to attain "a fully human and personal identity" is the focus of Merton's concern. The republication of this classic in a newly restored, corrected edition is the first of Gethsemani Studies, a series of books that explores, through the twin perspectives of psychology and religion, the dynamics and depths of being fully human
The wisdom of the desert; sayings from the Desert Fathers of the fourth century by Thomas Merton( Book )

39 editions published between 1960 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fourth century, the wilderness of Egypt and Palestine were inhabited by a strange breed of spiritual nonconformists: the first Christian hermits. Thomas Merton's affection for these "Desert Fathers" shines in this much-loved treasury of their acts and words of wisdom. His free translation from the Latin illuminates their radical lives with insight and humor and sets them in close relation to Zen recluses, Hindu renunciants, and all those who have ever fled conventional life in search of higher wisdom."--Jacket
Disputed questions by Thomas Merton( Book )

43 editions published between 1953 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reflecting Thomas Merton's lifelong examination of the relationship between the monastic, contemplative life and the need for spiritual expression in the secular world, these essays explore the coming together of the active and the contemplative life and the relationship of persons to social organizations. Ranging from an account of the Greek monastic community on Mount Athos to a look at the spiritually destructive power of racism, Merton's writing manages to be both lively and profound as he leads the reader through the hard questions of modern existence, bringing together traditional religious values with a concern for the spiritual needs of the present day.".--cover matter
The new man by Thomas Merton( Book )

90 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meditations on spiritual identity and man's search for God, by a Trappist monk
The silent life by Thomas Merton( Book )

94 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life from the inside ... who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old."--Prologue
Zen and the birds of appetite by Thomas Merton( Book )

35 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bread in the wilderness by Thomas Merton( Book )

51 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is not a systematic treatise, but only a collection of personal notes on the Psalter. They are the notes of a monk, written in the monastic tradition, and one supposes that they might appeal above all to monks. But in this mysterious age, there is no telling whom the book may reach--although no one expects it to reach everybody. As for those readers who can only regard the Psalms as "literature"...this book will at least offer them some of the reasons why the Psalter seems to be more than literature to those of us who have made it our bread in the wilderness." [Prologue]
Life and holiness by Thomas Merton( Book )

35 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to basic principles of Roman Catholic spirituality for lay and religious, by the Trappist author
Seeds of destruction by Thomas Merton( Book )

37 editions published between 1961 and 1987 in 5 languages and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day
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No man is an island
Alternative Names
Brat Lujo

Cistercian monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani 1915-1968

Irmão Luís

Louis 1915-1968 Father

Louis 1915-1968 trappiste

Louis Father 1915-1968

Louis, Father 915-1968

Louis, Irmão

Louis (moine de Gethsemani)

Louis moine de Gethsemani (Kentucky)

Louis, pare, 1915-1968

Louis trappiste 1915-1968


Ludwik, ojciec

Luís Irmão

Lujo, brat

Lujo, otac

Merton, Louis 1915-1968

Merton, Louis 1915-1968 O.C.S.O.

Merton, Louis, O.C.S.O., 1915-1968

Merton, Louis Thomas

Merton Louis Thomas 1915-1968

Merton, Luis 1915-1968

Merton, M. Louis.

Merton, Mary Louis 1915-1968 O.C.S.O.

Merton, Mary Louis, O.C.S.O., 1915-1968

Merton, Thomas

Merton, Thomas Feverel 1915-1968

Merton, Thomás J.

Merton, Thomas J. 1915-1968

Merton, Toma

Merton, Tomás

Merton, Tomás 1915-1968

Merton, Tomasz.

Mērtons, Tomass, 1915-1968

Mierdun, 1915-1968

Monk of Our Lady of Gethesemani 1915-1968

Monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani.

Monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani 1915-1968

Mŏtʻŏn, Tʻomŏsŭ 1915-1968

Mŏtʿŭn, Tʿomasŭ

Mŏtʻŭn, Tʻomasŭ 1915-1968

O. Ludwik.

o. Lujo

Ojciec Ludwik.

Thomas Feverel Merton

Thomas Merton Amerikaans auteur

Thomas Merton amerykański pisarz, poeta, trapista

Thomas Merton scrittore e religioso statunitense

Thomas Merton US-amerikanischer Trappist, Mystiker

Мертон, Томас

Томас Мертон

توماس مرتون

തോമസ് മെർട്ടൺ

머턴, 토마스 1915-1968

머턴, 토머스 1915-1968

머톤, 토마스 1915-1968

머튼, 토마스 1915-1968

머튼, 토머스 1915-1968

토머스 머튼


マートン, トマス

弥尔敦, 1915-1968


New seeds of contemplationThe waters of SiloeMystics and Zen mastersContemplative prayerThe ascent to truthThoughts in solitudeThe way of Chuang-TzŭGandhi on non-violence