The influence of Zen-Taoism on Thomas Merton's view of contemplation.

Ekman Pui-Chuen. Tam
This doctoral dissertation studies the relationship between the development of Merton's view of contemplation and Merton's extensive interest in and writings on Zen and classical Taoism. It aims to show that Merton's later view of contemplation is influenced by his appropriation of the teachings of Zen-Taoism. The opening chapter of the dissertation explores the origin, the extent, and the reasons for Merton's interest in Zen and classical Taoism. It explains how Merton's interest in Zen-Taoism...
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