Bonnie Thurston

Bonnie Thurston

A scholar and poet, Bonnie Thurston is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society and has written extensively on Merton’s thought.

On Eastern Meditation

Literature by Thomas Merton

Edited by Bonnie Thurston

Merton’s biographer, George Woodcock, once wrote that “almost from the beginning of his monastic career, Thomas Merton tentatively began to discover the great Asian religions of Buddhism and Taoism.” Merton, a longtime social justice advocate, first approached Eastern theology as an admirer of Gandhi’s beliefs on non-violence. Through Gandhi, Merton came to know the great Hindu text, Bhagavad Gita and in time came to have dialogues with the Dalai Lama and Taoist leader D.…
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