Zen and the Birds of Appetite [PDF] by Thomas Merton - 06nov18yI have been asked, first, to sit in meditation with a Buddhist group in San Francisco at the end of this month and,then, give them a talk on Thomas Merton and the dialogue with Buddhism. Merton who early on in his career showed a keen interest in dialogue with the religions of Asia Hinduism, Sufism as well as Buddhism tended to think such dialogue should, primarily, focus on practice and experience and less on doctrine or beliefs, as such. When he was a student at Columbia University, Merton sought out a Hindu monk named Bramachari for some counsel. The monk advised Merton to follow his own Christian tradition to find what he was most deeply looking for. A strong admirer of Gandhi, Merton also noted how Gandhi, a Hindu, had found a congenial ' second home' of sorts in the Christian Sermon on the Mount. In the 's Merton began exploring Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism. He thought he found some resonance between Zen and the Desert Fathers.
Zen and the birds of appetite
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Search this site. Zen and the Birds of Appetite by Thomas Merton Synopsis: 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 enriches no one, Thomas Merton provocatively writes in his opening statement to Zen and the Birds of Appetite—one of the last books to be published before his death in There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while
Zen and the Birds of Appetite. Add favorites. 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. The birds may come and circle for a while When they are gone, the 'nothing,' the 'no-body' that was there, suddenly appears.
Thomas Merton OCSO January 31, — December 10, was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic , poet, social activist , and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, , he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 50 books in a period of 27 years,  mostly on spirituality , social justice and a quiet pacifism , as well as scores of essays and reviews.