Thomas Merton
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"Thomas Merton", Trappists/O.C.S.O. was an American Roman Catholic Church/Catholic writer and Christian mysticism/mystic. A Trappist monk of the The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani/Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activism/social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.

Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet Christian pacifism/pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Among Merton's most enduring works is his bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teenagers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review"s list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama/Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki/D.T. Suzuki, the Thai Buddhist monk Buddhadasa, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and authored books on Zen/Zen Buddhism and Taoism. In the years since his death, Merton has been the subject of List of works about Thomas Merton#Biographies/several biographies.

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