THOMAS MERTON (1915-1968), Trappist monk, author, and peace
activist, came to international prominence at a young age with his
classic autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain. Over the rest of
his life he wrote prolifically on a vast range of topics, including
prayer, interior growth, social responsibility, violence, and war.
Toward the end of his life he played a significant role in
introducing Eastern religions to the West. He is today regarded as
a spiritual master, a brilliant religious writer, and a man who
embodied the quest for God and human solidarity in the modern
THICH NHAT HANH is an internationally respected Zen poet and teacher. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Zen Keys and Living Buddha Living Christ.
“[Readers] will find Contemplative Prayer valuable. Merton shows that all living theology needs to be rooted in exercises where men somehow happily establish contact with God.” --New York Times Book Review