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Seeing That Paradise Begins Now (Bridges to Contemplative Living With Thomas Merton) (v. 8) [Paperback]

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Item description for Seeing That Paradise Begins Now (Bridges to Contemplative Living With Thomas Merton) (v. 8) by Jonathan Montaldo, Robert G. Toth & The Merton Institute for Contemplative L...

Gently leads participants on a journey toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life. Each eight-session booklet provides an introduction to Merton and contemplative living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, and questions for small group dialogue. This eight and final book of the series helps participants learn to see that we live in paradise here and now whenever we choose to love and embrace our inexhaustible communion with God and all creation. Opening the ever-present gates to paradise frees us to live at peace and entices those around us to do the same.

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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.16"
Weight:   0.21 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2008
Publisher   Ave Maria Press
Series  Bridges To Contemplative Living   
Series Number  8  
ISBN  1594710961  
ISBN13  9781594710964  

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More About Jonathan Montaldo, Robert G. Toth & The Merton Institute for Contemplative L

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jonathan Montaldo is the general editor (with Gray Henry) of the Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series. He is a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and served as associate director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. He lives in Mantua, New Jersey. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and directs the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he founded in 1987. He is the author of many books including Dancing Standing Still, Everything Belongs, Immortal Diamond, The Naked Now, and Silent Compassion. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker, activist, and the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He is the author of nine books, including The Active Life, The Courage to Teach, The Company of Strangers, Healing the Heart of Democracy, A Hidden Wholeness, and The Promise of Paradox. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader who is principal teacher and advisor at the Contemplative Society. She is the author of eight books: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Chanting the Psalms, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, Love Is Stronger than Death, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Jesus, and The Wisdom Way of Knowing. Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and 19 other books on psychology and spirituality. His most recent book is A Religion of One s Own. Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. At H. H. Dalai Lama s request, he cofounded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and author of many other books, including The Central Philosophy of Tibet, Inner Revolution, Why the Dalai Lama Matters, and Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet. Huston Smith is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and distinguished adjunct professor of philosophy, emeritus, at Syracuse University. He is the author of 14 books, including the bestselling The World s and Why Religion Matters. Kallistos Ware is Metropolitan of Diokleia within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is one of the best-known contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians, and has authored and translated many books including The Inner Kingdom: Collected Works, Volume 1; In the Image of the Trinity: Collected Works, Volume 2, and Praying with Orthodox Tradition. Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, an international lecturer and award-winning author of more than 50 books, for which she has won 13 Catholic Press Association awards. She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvenia. James Forest is the author of several books, including biographies of Dorothy Day (All Is Grace) and Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom). He was a managing editor of the Catholic Worker and is currently international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian and author of 31 books on spirituality and culture, including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Original Blessing, and A Spirituality Named Compassion. His most recent books are Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations and Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power for the Twenty-first Century. Roger Lipsey is the author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton, which won the Louie from the International Thomas Merton Society. Judith Simmer-Brown is a professor of religious studies at Naropa University and is the author of Dakini s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is professor of Islamic university studies at George Washington University, and the author of more than 50 books, including The Garden of Truth, Knowledge and the Sacred, Religion and the Order of Nature, Science and Civilization in Islam, and Three Muslim Sages. He lives in Washington, DC."

Jonathan Montaldo currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky.

Jonathan Montaldo has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
  2. Cistercian Studies (Paperback)
  3. Lent & Easter Wisdom

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Extraordinary  May 25, 2008
Seeing That Paradise Begins Now is the eighth and final booklet in the Bridges to Contemplative Living series based on the work of Thomas Merton. Although the theme of dying and being reborn recurs throughout Merton's work and is a staple in this series, it is most specifically treated in Volume 8. Three of the eight sessions are dedicated to "final integration," defined variously as bringing to light the secrets of the total personality and emptying the consciousness of "fictions, idols and untruths and purifying the heart of greed, envy, jealousy, grief and anger."

The session format, built around excerpts from the work of Merton and other spiritual writers, is especially effective in explaining this "death and rebirth." In Session 5, Final Integration I, Contemplative Living as an Inner Experience, Merton describes the process as passing beyond ordinary human existence while retaining "all that is best and most universal." Psychotherapist Ira Progoff uses the symbols of a well and underground stream to represent a continuing cycle of experiences. The outer events of our lives take place on the surface of the well and we find our "deep sources" in an underground stream, where we are revitalized and reconnected to the larger unity of life. The cycle is completed when we return to live our personal existence in the world. Sessions 6 and 7 deal with ego and peacemaking in relation to reintegration. The other voice in both is that of Abdol Reza Arasteh, who wrote of final integration in terms of Sufism and psychology.

All eight volumes come with a leader's guide and contain background on both Merton and contemplation as well as suggestions for using the material. This is an extraordinary series for anyone interested in deepening his or her prayer life or learning more about Thomas Merton, one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century.

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