Path to the Palace of Nowhere
The Essential Guide to the Contemplative Teachings of Thomas Merton with James Finley, PhD
Thomas Merton, hailed as a prophet by some, censured for his outspoken social criticism by others, was a Trappist monk, author and student of Zen whose writings bridged Eastern and Western spiritual thought.
Dr. James Finley, who for six years lived, prayed, and studied with "Brother Louis," as Thomas Merton was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, shares in this 8-hour, 8-CD set the gifts passed on to him by this towering figure.
Merton taught that one can open oneself to contemplative thought at any moment. Dr. Finley uses Merton's spiritual landmarks to guide the listener " - to disappear into God, to be submerged into his peace, to be lost in the secret of his face." In the end, Dr. Finley says, the journey will lead to what the Taoist sage Chaung Tzu called " - the Palace of Nowhere, where all the many things are one."