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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.

  • ISBN-13: 9780811201025
  • ISBN-10: 0811201023
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: January 1970
  • Dimensions: 7.98 x 5.24 x 0.27 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds
  • Page Count: 88