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Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere Speech

Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere

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Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, author, and student of Zen, remains one of the most important and beloved figures in the modern Christian contemplative movement. His writings, which bridge Eastern and Western spiritual thought, continue to inspire us with their real possibilities for immediate and direct experience of the divine. Now James Finley, who for six years lived, prayed, and studied with Brother Louis, as Merton was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani, shares with us the gifts passed on to him by this towering figure in Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere.

First presented at a series of popular retreats, this full audio program takes a participatory approach to Merton's most useful teachings, helping us to discover our true self...to disappear into God; to be submerged into his peace; to be lost in the secret of his face, as Merton said, through daily practices including contemplation, prayer, and faith. In the end we find ourselves in what the Taoist sage Chuang Tzu called the Palace of Nowhere, where all the many things are one. There is an Eastern teaching called transmission of mind, in which the enlightened mind embodied in the master is manifest in the student's awakening. It is in this spirit that James Finley invites us to follow Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere.

©2004 James Finley (P)2004 James Finley

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    "Deserves a slow, attentive listen"

    Thomas Merton was my entrance into Christianity several decades ago. However, the denomination to which I belonged was nervous about Catholicism, so I set him aside. A number of unexpected spiritual twists and turns connected me with James Finley's work and reconnected me with Merton. So this audiobook has been a delight to me because it radiates both Finley and Merton. I listened slowly, often repeating sections, making notes, sitting with the ideas, at times reduced to silence or tears. I enjoyed the quiet cadence of Finley's delivery. The book deeply moved me.

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    Jordan 06-10-16
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    They are making me write 14 words for this review. I can sum it up in one: Awesome

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    "Deep. Greatly valuable on the path."

    The narrator is a contemplative - his voice alone gets you there. The book is well-crafted, profound, and ... sparkling!

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    "a glimpse into the depths of God's love through..."

    ...our human brokenness. It is one of the gifts that James Finley gives us through his contemplation of Thomas Merton's words and life.

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    "Breathtaking. Touching, reassuring friend on the path to contemplative life."

    Breathtaking. Touching, reassuring friend on the path to contemplative life. James Finley's reflections are a soul message on the journey.

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    "Transformative"

    I will repeat the experience of listening to this book hopefully with others. So much here opens the heart to sharing and mutual understanding that it simply must be shared.

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    "Excellent humility"

    James Finley gives an amazing and profound series of meditations in this work. Clear and very helpful on so many fronts. I'm so thankful to have come upon this series of talks.

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    This was absolutely wonderful, I'm so thankful for being graced with these beautiful words and teachings.

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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 09-12-17
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    "Wonderful book"

    Even though this audible was taken from a disk or tape series, it is wonderful! I have difficulties staying interested in Merton. I get lost in Merton's writing, but with Uncle Jim's explanation, for the first time, I began to understand. Jim uses the best examples to understand what is being said. I grew to look forward to Jim saying "Imagine..." because I knew I would have an aha experience. And Jim's voice and humor are delightful. I highly recommend for anyone beginning to read Merton or understand the Contemplatives.

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    Lynn Smith COLLEGE STATION, TX, US 04-05-17
    Lynn Smith COLLEGE STATION, TX, US 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A continual awakening!"

    Loved it! Packed full of insights opening me to clarity of past experiences. I'll go through it again! ~ Lynn

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