Zen and the Birds of Appetite

In this collection of essays Merton wrote about complex Asian concepts with a Western directness.

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 081120104X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 141

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Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners.

Zen and the Birds of Appetite

Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners.

Author: Thomas Merton


ISBN: LCCN:68255460

Category: Zen Buddhism

Page: 141

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THIS LITTLE VOLUME is a collection of extracts from Tim Langdell's book, Christ Way, Buddha Way, with extracts from other of his works on meditation, together with new writings on the topics of kenosis and Christian meditation methods.

Author: Tim Langdell


ISBN: 099909288X


Page: 116

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THIS LITTLE VOLUME is a collection of extracts from Tim Langdell's book, Christ Way, Buddha Way, with extracts from other of his works on meditation, together with new writings on the topics of kenosis and Christian meditation methods. This highly portable work is ideal for those wishing to learn more about this deeper form of meditation, a form we believe is the same Christ himself practiced. This volume is also ideal for meditation groups to use both to guide attendees on the details of Christian meditation practice, and to be used as a discussion book for those interested in doing a deeper dive into the core non-dual teachings of Christ, and the pursuit of metanoia by the practice of kenosis What Andrew Harvey and James Finley said about the sister volume "Christ Way, Buddha Way: " "In this brave and beautifully written book, Tim Langdell reveals the profound connections between the vision and practice of the Buddha and Jesus. Buddhists and Christians will be immeasurably helped by this work and so will seekers on all paths who value teachings that stress non-dual union with the real. This is both an impressive contribution and a moving personal testimony to a rigorous spiritual path and I salute and recommend it unhesitatingly." -ANDREW HARVEY, author ofSon of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ and Journey in Ladakh"Written in the spirit of Thomas Merton's Mystics and Zen Masters and Zen and the Birds of Appetite, this book brings out into the open the rich affinities between Buddhism and Contemplative Christianity ." -JAMES FINLEY, author ofMerton's Palace of Nowhere and Jesus and Buddha: paths to awakening (Audio recording with Richard Rohr)

Thomas Merton s Poetics of Self Dissolution

54 Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968), p. 21. 55 Ibid., p. 102. 56 Thomas Merton on St. Bernard (Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1970), p. 119.

Author: Sonia Petisco

Publisher: Universitat de València

ISBN: 9788491341802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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This book includes a collection of essays on the poetry of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), one of the most relevant spiritual masters of the twentieth century. These scholarly inquiries are all glimpses which accurately represent his poetics of dissolution-the dissolution of the old corrupt world in favour of an apocalyptic vision of a new world. Este libro incluye una colección de ensayos sobre la poesía de Thomas Merton (1915-1968), uno de los maestros espirituales más relevantes del siglo XX. Todas estas investigaciones académicas dejan entrever lo que representa exactamente su poética de desintegración: la descomposición del viejo mundo corrupto a favor de una visión apocalíptica de un nuevo mundo, categorizaciones abstractas de lo sobrenatural que dan paso a una experiencia íntima y más dinámica de lo sagrado en el hogar y en el mundo.

Christian Conversion

... substantial to offer him (see Merton, Seven Storey Mountain, p. 230). 117. On the via negationis, see Bailey, Thomas Merton 0n Mysticism, pp. 85—88. 118. Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968), ...

Author: Walter E. Conn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597526371

Category: Religion

Page: 348

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Walter Conn has provided us with something we have needed for a long time -- a scholarly study of Christian conversion that draws synthetically from present day psychology, philosophy, and theology and uses these insights to analyze actual Christian religious experience. And in doing that, Conn has produced what is probably the best treatment to date of foundational moral theology. To follow Conn through the pages of this volume is to become acquainted with most of today's important reflection on human moral and personal development. But one emerges with much more than relevant information about what is being said; Conn's own view of conversion goes beyond the thinkers from whom he draws and provides a basic challenge to and enrichment of our understanding of faith and morality. -- Bernard Cooke, Holy Cross College Walter E. Conn is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He is also the editor of Horizons, journal of the College Theology Society.

The Social Thought of Thomas Merton

Merton, Mystics and Zen Masters, p. 45. 39. Thomas Merton, “The New Consciousness,” in Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968), pp. 15ff. Merton explains here how this situation evolved.

Author: David W. Givey

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

ISBN: 9781599820170

Category: Religion

Page: 133

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This new edition traces the evolution of Thomas Merton's social thought, particularly as it evolved toward a way of nonviolence and peacemaking grounded in contemplation and Christian love. It identifies the social context that shaped Merton, including civil rights and racism, the Vietnam War, and a growing nuclear threat. And it explores the religious influences and experiences that shaped Merton, including Catholic social teaching--particularly Pope John XXIII's encyclical letterPacem in Terris(Peace on Earth)--the words and actions of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., the practice of contemplation and Zen, and Merton's own life as a Trappist monk.

Phenomenology in Practice and Theory

13, as quoted by Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968), p. 94. Suzuki, in Zen and the Birds of Appetite, pp. 133–34. Scheler defended Christianity against Nietzsche's criticisms in his ...

Author: William S. Hamrick

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401096126

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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by Wolfe Mays It is a great pleasure and honour to write this preface. I first became ac quainted with Herbert Spiegelberg's work some twenty years ago, when in 1960 I reviewed The Phenomenological Movement! for Philosophical Books, one of the few journals in Britain that reviewed this book, which Herbert has jok ingly referred to as "the monster". I was at that time already interested in Con tinental thought, and in particular phenomenology. I had attended a course on phenomenology given by Rene Schaerer at Geneva when I was working there in 1955-6. I had also been partly instrumental in getting Merleau-Ponty to come to Manchester in 1958. During his visit he gave a seminar in English on politics and a lecture in French on "Wittgenstein and Language" in which he attacked Wittgenstein's views on language in the Tractatus. He was apparently unaware of the Philosophical Investigations. But it was not until I came to review Herbert's book that I appreciated the ramifications of the movement: its diverse strands of thought, and the manifold personalities involved in it. For example, Herbert mentions one Aurel Kolnai who had written on the "Phenomenology of Disgust'!, and which had appeared in Vol. 10 of Husserl's Jahrbuch. It was only after I had been acquainted for some time with Kolnai then in England, that I realised that 2 Herbert had written about him in the Movement. The Movement itself contains a wealth of learning.

The Presence of Pessoa

Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, 119. 16. Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, 129. 17. Merton, The Hidden Ground of Love, 561. Of his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, Kentucky, he wrote: “Up here in the woods is ...

Author: George Monteiro

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813189390

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Fernando Pessoa (1888--1935) is perhaps the most engaging of the great Western modernists of this century. Born in Portugal but raised and educated in southern Africa, Pessoa wrote poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. George Monteiro provides refreshingly new interpretations of Pessoa's Mensagem ( Message) and the modernist novella 0 Banqueiro Anarquista ( The Anarchist Banker). But he is primarily interested in tracing Pessoa's influence on a wide range of contemporary writers. Among those Monteiro finds putting Pessoa's work to their own surprising -- and sometimes comic -- uses are Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, John Wain, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and earlier poets including Thomas Merton, Edouard Roditi, and Roy Campbell. In addition, the complete text of Campbell's pioneering biocritical study of Pessoa is published here for the first time.

The Path to Your Door

The use of male only language is typical of the era in which Merton wrote but does not reflect his view of the world in which the feminine aspect of God, and of humanity, had increasing importance. Zen and the Birds of Appetite, ...

Author: Ellen Clark-King

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441195548

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Written in response to a need expressed by Spiritual Directors, Retreat Leaders and teachers on introductory courses to Christian spirituality for an engaging and readable introduction to the subject, The Path to Your Door provides an accessible and well-researched introduction to themes within the Christian spiritual tradition. In a highly readable fashion it introduces the reader to some of the key themes in classic and contemporary Christian experience and allows them to engage with the material for themselves through the use of varied spiritual exercises. The Path to Your Door is an invitation to an on-going journey of spiritual exploration, grounded in the Christian tradition but encouraging each reader to find their own path and discover their own unique language of prayer.

The Solitary Explorer

Zen , although he perhaps had gotten off on the wrong foot . Looking back on that dialogue nearly ten years later when including it in his collection of Zen writings , Zen and the Birds of Appetite , Merton acknowledged his mistake .

Author: Elena Malits CSC

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725235045

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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The Solitary Explorer responsibly and critically explores Thomas Merton's lifelong spiritual development as reflected in his religious and secular writings and delineates the meaning of his life and work for contemporary readers. It provides an interpretive chronology of Merton's writings and unravels the intertwining threads of self-realization and widening intellectual interests evidenced in the material he produced between his early autobiography and the controversial work of his later years. Elena Malits shows Merton as writer, as monk, as social critic, as seeker of wisdom in the East, as man of prayer, and as one continually on a journey into the unknown. Merton always held that the quest for God is a continuing one: The Solitary Explorer traces the progress of this quest in Merton's life and literary works to reveal a multifaceted spiritual guide who offers an approach to the divine at once reassuringly traditional and refreshingly contemporary.

Thomas Merton s Dark Path

Zen and the Birds of Appetite (with some reflections on Merton's Asian journey) One of the striking features of the last decade of Merton's life was his enthusiastic appropriation of Zen—first of its vocabulary (e.g., in New Seeds of ...

Author: William H. Shannon

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466801851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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In the mystical tradition the "dark," or apophatic way has a long history. It is the way of John of the Cross, of Master Eckhart, of Juliana of Norwich, of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, and of Thomas Merton. This dark path of contemplation that Merton followed, wrote about extensively, and considered the focal point of his life is the subject of William H. Shannon's book.

Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination

Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, 11–12; Eckhart, Latin Sermon no. 12 [“Nolite Timere”], in Meister Eckhart, 184; Merton, The Ascent to Truth, 56; Merton, Mystics and Zen Masters, 139; Merton,“Huxley and the Ethics of Peace,” in ...

Author: Ross Labrie

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826262790

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 263

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Roman Catholic priest, a Trappist monk, a social activist, and a poet. Author of the celebrated autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton has been described as the most important American religious writer of the past hundred years. One of the notable characteristics of Merton's writing, both in poetry and in prose, was his seamless intermingling of religious and Romantic elements, an intermingling that, because of his gifts as a writer and because of his enormous influence, has had the effect of making widespread a distinctive form of religious thought and expression. In Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination, Ross Labrie reveals the breadth of Merton's intellectual reach by taking an original and systematic look at Merton's thought, which is generally regarded as eclectic and unsystematic.

The Poetics of Yves Bonnefoy

Thomas Merton , in his book Zen and the Birds of Appetite , insists on the distinction between Zen and Buddhism . " To regard Zen merely and exclusively as Zen Buddhism is to falsify it and , no doubt , to betray the fact that one has ...

Author: John Naughton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226569470

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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Yves Bonnefoy is the most important and influential French poet to have emerged since the Second World War. Poet, art critic, historian, translator (particularly of Shakespeare), specialist in the problem of the relation of poetry to the visual arts and to the history of religions, Bonnefoy is now considered one of the most distinguished men of letters of his generation. Though Bonnefoy's work is familiar to American scholars, the complexity of his thought and style has created a need for a critical introduction to his work. This first major study of Bonnefoy written in English provides an overview of his entire literary career. Naughton situates Bonnefoy in the context of the existential philosophical tradition that nurtured him and in the poetic and artistic tradition that includes Dante and Shakespeare, Piero and Poussin, Baudelaire and Rimbaud. Bonnefoy's poems appear in both French and English, and all quotations from his prose have been translated. This book will appeal not only to the growing number of students and scholars of French literature interested in Bonnefoy's work, but also to those who study comparative poetry and the relation of poetry to art and to contemporary religious thought.

Thomas Merton

... 1.120B , 2.1255 ZEN AND CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM ( Johnston ) 2.1256 ZEN AND THE BIRDS OF APPETITE 1.620 , 1.120 , 1.120G ZEN AND THE BIRDS OF APPETITE ( Review ) 6.130b , 6.141m , 6.706b , 6.848e , 6.864 e " Zen Buddhist monasticism ...

Author: Marquita Breit

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038095720

Category: Reference

Page: 710

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Resistance and Contemplation

Like metanoia, the fulfillment of Zen in the enlightenment of satori stands at the end of a self-renunciation: “Emptiness, poverty, death or dissolution—they ... 11 Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions: 1968), p.

Author: James W. Douglass

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597526098

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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I rejoice in this day and in this book becoming available once again. At Jonah House, the place I've called home for 33 years, we've had numerous copies of it in the years since it was first published. One copy remains - dog-eared, read, reread, studied. It was a book that we reflected on together in community - the backbone, if you will, next to the Scriptures - of our on-going resistance out of community. Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House (from the foreword) This book has been of extraordinary significance to large numbers of young people, resisters, prisoners, searchers, many who have been increasingly perplexed and anguished by the course of American life in the world. My brother Philip and I have used it in numerous sessions with students and others, who found in it the sustenance necessary to allow them to take the next step in their struggle on behalf of life. It seems to me that this book will continue, in its own quiet and persistent way, to reach those Americans who are capable of inviting us into any future worth speaking about. Daniel Berrigan From perspectives of truth, nonviolence and resistance to personal and cultural violence, this book is among the few important books of the last decade. Neutrality to this book is impossible -- people will view it as a gift, or they will reject it as a threat....enlightening, strengthening, liberating. Philip Berrigan Jim Douglass is a writer and a Catholic Worker. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA, and Mary's House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, AL. He is currently writing three books on the assassinations of the Kennedys, Malcom X and King in the 1960's (with Orbis Books). The James Douglass Reprint Series: The Non-Violent Cross Resistance and Contemplation Lightning East to West The Nonviolent Coming of God

The Desiring Self

Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968), p. 49. 39. Merton, “Inner Experience,” p. 9. 40. Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, p. 71. 41. Merton, “Inner Experience,” p. 10. 42. Merton, Zen and the ...

Author: Walter E. Conn

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9781616437961



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Integrates psychology and theology in self-transcendence, thus establishing a foundation for pastoral counseling and spiritual direction in a distinctive dynamic understanding of the self.