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With the election of a new Abbot at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton enters a period of unprecedented freedom, culminating in the opportunity to travel to California, Alaska, and finally the Far East - journeys that offer him new possibilities and causes for contemplation. In his last days at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton continues to follow the tumultuous events of the sixties, including the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. In Southeast Asia, he meets the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist and Catholic monks and discovers a rare and rewarding kinship with each. The final year is full of excitement and great potential for Merton, making his accidental death in Bangkok, at the age of fifth-three, all the more tragic.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace activist. Merton's works, including New Seeds of Contemplation, Mystics and Zen Masters, and the autobiographical Seven Storey Mountain, have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. Brother Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., general editor of the Journals, was Thomas Merton's last secretary. Since Merton's death, he has acted as the representative of the Abbey of Gethsemani on Merton affairs.
Table of Contents
The Election of a New Abbot October 1967-May 1968
Woods, Shore, Desert A Notebook, May 1968
Preparing for Asia May 1968-September 1968
New Mexico, Alaska, California September 1968-October 1968
The Far East: The Last Days October 1968-December 1968
A Glossary of Asian Terms
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