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ASCENDED MASTER INDEX

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Ascended Master Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name "Father Louis". Some Theosophists believe that Merton has taken on the role in the Ascended Masters portal as guide and door keeper.

Merton wrote more than 50 books in a period of 27 years, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet 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 Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D. T. Suzuki, the Thai Buddhist monk Buddhadasa, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and authored books on Zen Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

Thomas Merton was a groundbreaking leader who challenged the hypocrisies of our age, and offered his meditations on the power of prayer, humility and grace. With his impeccable literary skills, he wielded far-reaching influence despite, and perhaps because of, his vocation and life as a Trappist monk in remote Kentucky.

Despite a rough upbringing and having no prior connection to religious persons or experiences, he was seized by the spirit during his college days at Columbia. He underwent conversion to the Catholic faith and felt compelled, from then on, to devote himself to this calling. He is one of the most widely read spiritual masters of this era, illuminating the meaning of genuine freedom and solitude, seeing through the pretexts assembled by culture, including our own deceptions in living the religious life.

Merton's influence has grown since his death and he is widely recognized as an important 20th-century Catholic mystic and thinker. Interest in his work contributed to a rise in spiritual exploration beginning in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. Merton's letters and diaries reveal the intensity with which their author focused on social justice issues, including the civil rights movement and proliferation of nuclear arms. He had prohibited their publication for 25 years after his death.

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