Thomas Merton - 1981
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. His writings include such classics as The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite. Merton is the author of more than seventy books that include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice, and ecumenism.
Thomas Merton was a pioneer in presenting to laypersons the mystical, contemplative path to God. Almost every other spiritual teacher I've met refers to him.
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