Published by the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Monica Weis, Paul M. Pearson, Kathleen Deignan
“...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.”
So wrote Thomas Merton after visiting the reclining Buddhas at Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka on December 1st 1968, only nine days before his death.
This new publication from the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland includes three essays by Monica Weis, Paul Pearson and Kathleen Deignan, originally presented at the Sixth General Meeting and Conference of the Society in 2006.
“The words of Merton’s description and their unforeseen and unforeseeable relevance to what was to come, proved at once a challenge and a stimulus to our three keynote speakers. I was not alone in feeling that their presentations gave us unusually valuable assessments of many of the themes which lie at the heart of Merton’s life and activity, as a monk and a hermit, as a poet and a writer, and as a commentator on some of the deepest themes of the twentieth and twenty-first century. These essays provide three different ways of approaching this topic but they complement each other in a remarkable way.”
From the Foreword by A.M. Allchin.