• Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere

  • By: James Finley
  • Narrated by: James Finley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 10-02-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.7 (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 in Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere.
First presented at a series of popular retreats, this full audio 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.
©2004 James Finley (P)2004 James Finley
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By Sarah Bensen on 03-01-16

Deserves a slow, attentive listen

Thomas Merton was my entrance into Christianity several decades ago. However, the denomination to which I belonged was nervous about Catholicism, so I set him aside. A number of unexpected spiritual twists and turns connected me with James Finley's work and reconnected me with Merton. So this audiobook has been a delight to me because it radiates both Finley and Merton. I listened slowly, often repeating sections, making notes, sitting with the ideas, at times reduced to silence or tears. I enjoyed the quiet cadence of Finley's delivery. The book deeply moved me.

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By Jordan on 06-10-16

Awesome

They are making me write 14 words for this review. I can sum it up in one: Awesome

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By izabela on 01-16-17

awesome

What made the experience of listening to Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere the most enjoyable?

James Finley has such a gift in delivering this content. He is easy to listen to and very engaging an passionate. I have been reading Thomas Merton's journals so this linked in very well.

What did you like best about this story?

The way James Finley provides images of what Merton is teaching. Great !!!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the last session blew me away

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book hit a real personal note with me, in the sense that I have experienced some of the anguish in love that Merton speaks of, so it made me laugh and cry however it brought a lot of hope to my heart.

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