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Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere

The Essential Guide to the Contemplative Teachings of Thomas Merton
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Enter the mind and heart of a legend of contemplative Christianity.
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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 on Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere.

First presented at a series of popular retreats, this full eight-CD 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.

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Contents 8 CDs (9 hours, 37 minutes) Audio Download (9 hours, 37 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
Product Code AF00778D AF00778W
ISBN Number 978-1-59179-145-4 978-1-60407-480-2
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James Finley

About James Finley

James Finley left home at the age of 18 for the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. He later earned degrees from the University of Akron, Saint John College, and the Fuller Theological Seminary. Today James Finley is a husband, father, writer, and psychotherapist in private practice. His books include Merton's Palace of Nowhere and The Contemplative Heart.

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Reviewed by Nate
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Opened my heart to God

Opened my heart to God and connected Buddhist truth to the core of Jesus' teachings. I have listened to these teachings 3 times and absolutely love them!

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Reviewed by Brock
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Beautiful Articulation of Christian Mysticism

James Finley's voice is paternal and heartfelt. His words are poetic and poignant. It has inspired me to study more of Merton's teaching as well as Finley's other work.

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Reviewed by Emily W.
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This is an excellent CD learning course.thank you Tami

All the best the Fall,

Emily

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Reviewed by Tara
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I am half way in to this program and I could not wait to share my enjoyment of it thus far. Outstanding and deeply soul satisfying is all I can say. I have been very, very moved, deepened, connected. James's voice is delightful and the insight he shares is so filled with the real-ness and joy of being. Here you'll find the territory where words won't go. (In my opinion.)

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Reviewed by Abigail G.
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James Finley is awesome, and the teachings are beautiful. He reminds me of a Christian Jon Kabat-Zin or Jack Kornfield.

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