Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of "The Merton Recordings," which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  1. Audio Bundle: Thomas Merton on Franz Kafka + Thomas Merton on William Faulkner - 5 CDs Total
  2. Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose: The Philosophy of the Great Latin Fathers

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    In Christianity’s early years, three men laid the groundwork for the budding religion’s philosophy, theology, and learning. Seven centuries later, a spiritual visionary taught five gripping classes on these Church Fathers. Thomas Merton on Augustine, Jerome, and Ambrose transports these gems from the archives to the public for the first time. Taking a seat in the classroom where Merton taught novices at the Abbey of Gethsemani, you will explore the Doctors of the Church who shaped Western philosophy.

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  3. Thomas Merton on Franz Kafka

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    Originally recorded in 1967 and newly remastered to enhance your listening experience,this audio set collects four talks on Franz Kafka that Thomas Merton delivered during the month of June. A hugely influential writer from the 20th century, Kafka (1883–1924) was a German-speaking Jew born in Prague. Now, you have the rare opportunity to hear Merton—the English professor-turned-monk and a literary genius in his own right—discuss the novel The Castle as a metaphor for the monastic life.

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  4. Thomas Merton on Literature: John Milton, T. S. Eliot, and Edwin Muir

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    How can poetry help us understand the world, both past and present?

    Thomas Merton’s life and works are the stuff of legend. His dual identity as a monk and literati make him the premier guide to poetic expression. By tying together an array of writers—from a budding rock star to an epic English poet who helped Merton through his dark night of the soul—you will journey to the heart of the poetic imagination.

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  5. Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

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    William Faulkner ranks among the greatest American writers. Now, you can discover his literary and spiritual genius with Thomas Merton as your private tutor.

    In this series, Merton—a gifted author in his own right—furnishes you with his take on Faulkner. Merton argues that Faulkner’s writing tends to be more mythological than sociological; by invoking classical ideals of honor, pity, pride, love, and sacrifice, Faulkner’s writing moves beyond regionalism into the realm of the ancient epic.

    Hear one great literary mind on another.

     

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  6. Thomas Merton on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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    One of the earliest Christian pilgrims was Aetheria, who embarked on an epic journey through the Holy Land in the fourth century. Now, you can join Thomas Merton in learning about her fascinating journey, as well as the spiritual significance of taking such a pilgrimage. In these three talks, originally delivered at the Abbey of Gethsemani in the 1960s, Merton follows Aetheria on her pilgrimage. He also provides fascinating tangents about two contemporary theologians: Karl Jaspers and Rudolf Bultmann. Learn More
  7. Thomas Merton on the Contemplative Way

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    Follow the contemplative path with Thomas Merton as your guide.In this set of talks that Merton delivered near the end of his life, you will hear the voice of a mystic at the height of his wisdom. Originally recorded in 1967 for the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, these talks wrestle with the complexities of contemplation in action, delving into such topics as renewal, prayer, and affirming God. As you listen to Merton’s voice, you will discover how we are all called to live contemplatively.

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  8. Thomas Merton on Desert Spirituality

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    Travel into the sands of the desert with Thomas Merton as your guide. Delivered to the novice monks Merton taught in the 1960s, these remastered conferences explore the Desert Fathers and Mothers: eremitic mystics who found solitude in the deserts of the Middle East.You’ll meet such visionary saints as Symeon the Stylite, Julian Sabas the Elder, and Aphraates. As you listen to Thomas Merton in his own voice, you will open your mind and spirit to the timeless wisdom of the desert.

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  9. Thomas Merton on Prayer

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    Renew your prayer life with Thomas Merton. Prayer is one of the cornerstones of the Christian life: to pray is to surrender oneself completely to the power of God’s love. Now, you can deepen your own life of prayer with one of the great modern spiritual masters. Thomas Merton will lead you on a powerful journey, giving you new insights into living contemplatively.Join him on this life-changing experience.

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  10. Monastic Spirituality: The Quest for Peace
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    What can your spiritual ancestors teach you about holy living today? Although they led ascetic lives centuries ago, St. Benedict, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and other early Christian saints have much to teach everyone in the twenty-first century. Now, in this 6-talk audio set, you can join the modern mystic and monk, Thomas Merton, in encountering these great contemplatives and their teachings. With Merton as your guide, you’ll travel back through centuries of our spiritual history to meet these men and women to whom God spoke. Learn More
  11. Thomas Merton on Thomistic Thought and the Ways of God

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    Explore the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and his followers as you listen to the voice of Thomas Merton, who delivered these five talks to novice monks in the 1960s. This set of remastered recordings focuses on De divinis moribus (“On the Ways of God”), a short work attributed to St.
    Thomas Aquinas. Under his guidance, you will explore the simple, perfect, infinite,
    and immutable nature of God. Join Thomas Merton in imitating the divine today.

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  12. The Cistercians: Sages of Silence (1962)

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    Thomas Merton was a mystic, writer, artist, and monk of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, better known as the Trappists. In this series of conferences Merton delivered in the 1960s, he presents an insightful exploration of Cistercian history. Merton’s monastic vision shaped his profound spirituality, and he examines how the Cistercians have much to teach us today. Delivered with his signature wit and wisdom, these conferences illuminate the evolution of the contemplative life.

     

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  13. Thomas Merton on the Great Monks

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    The monastic movements of Christianity have made innumerable contributions to education, medicine, architecture, and spirituality. In this set of remastered conferences, you can join monk and mystic Thomas Merton on a journey through the fascinating history of Christianity’s great monks. Recorded by Merton in the 1960s, these talks give a rich introduction to the monastic period of church history, covering such figures as Bernard of Clairvaux, Benedict, John Cassian, Basil, and Charlemagne.

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  14. Thomas Merton on Sufism
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    In the twentieth century, Thomas Merton, one of Christianity’s great mystics, encountered the ancient Eastern mystical tradition known as Sufism. The result was an outpouring of mystical insight and spiritual wisdom. In these thirteen conferences, you will discover what first electrified Merton. Merton will bring you to new and exciting places as he reflects on Sufism and the mystical life. Learn More
  15. Thomas Merton on Contemplation

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    You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master. After a radical conversion experience, Thomas Merton became a Trappist monk in the Abbey of Gethsemani. At the heart of Merton’s transformative conversion was contemplation. Now, this series invites you into that profound contemplative experience in six remastered conferences originally delivered between 1963 and 1965. As you listen to Merton in his own voice, you will encounter his most profound teachings on prayer and contemplation.

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  16. St. Bernard of Clairvaux: The Mellifluous Doctor
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    Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153) was one of the most important figures in the history of Christianity: a founder, reformer, and Doctor of the Church. This set of remastered conferences by Thomas Merton, a renowned mystic and follower of St. Bernard, explores his life and theology. Those looking to expand their knowledge of the history of Christianity will find Merton’s talks fascinating. Recorded in 1962, these talks let you listen to one great Cistercian speak on another.

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  17. Thomas Merton on Poetry

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    Take Thomas Merton as your personal poetry professor. In this captivating set (which includes an afterword by Merton biographer and literature professor, Michael W. Higgins), Merton explores how poetry illuminates such topics as love, suffering, spirituality, and nature. Under his guidance, you will look at poets like William Blake, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. H. Auden, Charles Peguy, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These lectures transport you into Thomas Merton’s classroom. Let the words of Thomas Merton enlighten you today.

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  18. “All the Living and the Dead”: The Literature of James Joyce

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    This set contains remastered talks by Thomas Merton on literature and the spiritual background of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century: James Joyce. Before becoming a Trappist monk, Merton studied English at Columbia, and in the monastery, he continued to study literature, particularly its relationship to religion. Centered on the short story collection Dubliners, this course is ideal both as introduction to Joyce and as an exciting work of scholarship by one great author on another.

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  19. “God Speaks to Each of Us”: The Poetry and Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
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    Before entering the monastery, Thomas Merton studied English at Columbia University and taught literature at St. Bonaventure University. His passion for literature never faded, and these remastered talks give you the rare opportunity to listen to his conferences on literature. Delivered to the community at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1965 and 1966, Merton’s talks examine one of his favorite poets: Rainer Maria Rilke, arguably the greatest poet from turn-of-the century Europe.

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    Hear a legendary spiritual master speak from a life’s worth of extraordinary experience in this archival treasure. Recorded in the last year of Thomas Merton’s life, this carefully curated collection invites you to sit with the seasoned spiritual master as he ponders big questions in a down-to-earth and engaging way. In these captivating talks, he deftly covers such topics as prayer, mysticism, Buddhism, and women in the religious life.

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  23. Ways of Prayer: A Desert Father's Wisdom

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    Join Thomas Merton in exploring one of the most influential figures in the history of spirituality. In these remastered recordings of Merton’s lectures, you will discover why Saint John Cassian’s philosophy of prayer is cherished in the monastic tradition and the wider Christian community alike. These conferences will enlighten and inspire as you explore your own spiritual life. Learn More
  24. Thomas Merton on the Twelve Degrees of Humility

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    You are invited into the classroom in which Thomas Merton delivered some of his most impassioned lectures on a timeless topic. In 1962 at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton taught an extraordinary course on the heart of Benedictine spirituality. Available to the public for the first time ever, these remastered conferences reveal Merton’s masterful teaching, his voice reaching out across the decades to make monastic wisdom accessible to all of us.

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  25.  Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons and Reflections

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    Recorded by Thomas Merton at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near the end of his life, the rarely heard sermons and reflective talks in this set reveal a different side of a multitalented and multifaceted monk whose prophetic vision remains as relevant today as ever. This curated collection spans five years of his life and comprises four talks: two homilies, a series of reflections on one of those homilies, and a literature class given to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Learn More

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