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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Opened my heart to God Review by Nate
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! (Posted on September 2, 2016)
Beautiful Articulation of Christian Mysticism Review by Brock
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. (Posted on November 23, 2014)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Emily W
This is an excellent CD learning course.thank you Tami
All the best the Fall,
Emily (Posted on September 3, 2014)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Tara
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.) (Posted on August 9, 2014)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Abigail G
James Finley is awesome, and the teachings are beautiful. He reminds me of a Christian Jon Kabat-Zin or Jack Kornfield. (Posted on December 17, 2013)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Maria V
James Finley does an excellent job interpreting and shedding light on the contemplative teaching of Thomas Merton. (Posted on December 13, 2013)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Brudge Hopkins
Thank you for this ST! (Posted on April 10, 2013)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Stefan Albrektsson
I really love the way James Finley teaches. He is clear, he is poetic, he is contemplative, he is common in the deepest way possible, he sometimes makes you laugh, sometimes cry. These mp3's is connected to, but not identical, to his book "Merton's Palace of Nowhere". I read that book at the same time as I was listening through the mp3's - they both deepened the experience of the contemplative way.
I've since the purchase of them listened to them over and over again - and I will return to them.
I've bought all available James Finley mp3's from Sounds True (and highly recomend them also). (Posted on October 11, 2011)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Dana Lamm
I love listening to James Finley. (Posted on May 14, 2011)
Review for Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere Review by Anthony Bucci
I haven't read this book. Read Thomas Merton's works and you won't need a book that attempts to explain what has already been written or a book that tries to describe the man who wrote the books.
Read "Contemplative Prayer" (I've read it twice and I'll have to read it many more times to grasp it's full meaning.)
"Mystics and Zen Masters" is also an insightful book as are all of Merton's writings. (Posted on August 18, 2010)
|Contents||8 CDs (9 hours, 37 minutes)|
|Date Published||February 01, 2004|
|Dimensions||11 x 10 in|
|Contents||1 Audio download (9 hours, 37 minutes)|
|Filetypes||M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP|
|Date Published||February 01, 2004|