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Remembering the death of Merton

Forty years later.

On the 10th day of December, in 1968 Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani (Trappist, Kentucky) died in Bangkok, Thailand where he was speaking to a gathering of religious women and men.

“…I know and have seen what I was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else remains, but I have now seen and have pierced through the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the disguise.” (written on 12/6/68 when visiting the giant Buddhas at Polonnaruwa, in Sri Lanka)

The Asian Journals of Thomas Merton
Paperback, $16.95
0811205703
New Directions (W.W. Norton)

The local chapter of the Thomas Merton Society will be honoring the memory of Merton’s death on Wednesday the 10th at 7:00 PM at the St. Francis Chapel on Wolf Road in Colonie, NY. All are welcome. Evening prayer and a presentation on Merton will be part of the celebration of the life and death of Thomas Merton.

And while we’re on the topic of Merton, there’s a new book that tells the life of Thomas Merton through his correspondence. Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters: The Essential Collection By Merton, Thomas (compiled by William Shannon).
Hardcover, $25.95
0061348325
HarperOne

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  1. Laura Ortberg →
    December 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi there,

    I enjoyed reading your post reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Merton's death and your mention of the book "Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters." I am the assistant publicist with HarperOne in San Francisco, the group that published this and other of Merton's books, and wanted to let you know about a great resource that we have that allows your visitors to read an excerpt of this book online for free! Simply copy and paste this link into your browser:

    http://browseinside.harpercollins.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061348327&wt.mc_id=pub_wm_av

    and enjoy!

    Laura Ortberg
    Assistant Publicist, HarperOne

  2. Laura Ortberg →
    December 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi there,

    I enjoyed reading your post reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Merton's death and your mention of the book "Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters." I am the assistant publicist with HarperOne in San Francisco, the group that published this and other of Merton's books, and wanted to let you know about a great resource that we have that allows your visitors to read an excerpt of this book online for free! Simply copy and paste this link into your browser:

    http://browseinside.harpercollins.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061348327&wt.mc_id=pub_wm_av

    and enjoy!

    Laura Ortberg
    Assistant Publicist, HarperOne