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Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise: The Spiritual Maturity of Thomas Merton
- Course Dates: Thu 22 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
‘I mean, I know and have seen what I was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else remains but I have now seen and have pierced through the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the disguise’.
The Trappist monk, author, peace activist and social critic Thomas Merton (1915-1968) remains one of the most influential and inspiring spiritual guides for contemporary religious seekers. His work reflects a living encounter between the traditions of Christian wisdom and the burning questions of life including: war and peace, the quest for meaning in the face of absurdity and the need for dialogue with Eastern religious traditions.
This day will explore aspects of his mature spirituality found in his later writings and focus on the meaning of his epiphany in front of the Buddhist statues in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, a few days before his untimely death fifty years ago.
During the day the film Soul Searching, the Journey of Thomas Merton will be shown and a short extract from one of Thomas Merton’s 1960s talks to the novices played. There will be time for discussion, meditation, reflection and worship.