Contemplation in a World of Action

Contemplation in a World of Action - Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropology


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Publisher's Synopsis

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Thomas Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to "our own truth and inner being." His main focus is our desire and need to attain "a fully human and personal identity." This classic is a newly restored and corrected edition and the inaugural volume of Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropology, a series of books that explores, through the twin perspectives of psychology and religion, the dynamics and depths of being fully human. "When I speak of the contemplative life I do not mean the institutional, cloistered life, . . . I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development . . . . Discovering the contemplative life is a new self-discovery. One might say it is the flowering of a deeper identity on an entirely different plane . . ." --Thomas Merton, from the book

Book information

ISBN: 9780268008345
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Imprint: University of Notre Dame Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2
DEWEY: 248.894
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 438g
Height: 154mm
Width: 230mm
Spine width: 14mm