The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers

The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers

by Thomas Merton

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Overview

The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books—surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.


The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.


The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811201025
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/1970
Series: Pocket Classics Series , #295
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 81
Sales rank: 146,273
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and was actively engaged with domestic issues of war and racism.

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