Divided into three sections, this insightful volume of essays by numerous scholars focuses on Thomas Merton's interest in and transformation through Buddhism. In addition to analysis of how Merton's studies of Buddhism affected his work in the arts, the study also offers information about his Asian journey as well as a complete bibliography of secondary materials. Contributors include Judith Simmer-Brown, Roger J. Corless, Rubin L.F. Habito, John P. Keenan, Roger Lipsey, Paul M. Pearson, and James Wiseman, OSB.
Bonnie Bowman Thurston is the author of Philippians and Philemon, Preaching Mark, and Women in the New Testament. She lives in Wheeling, West Virginia. Thomas Merton was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. He is the author of more than 70 books, including such classics as New Seeds of Contemplation, The Seven Storey Mountain, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite.