Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Raised life?

I was wanting to post this yesterday but did not get around to it. Thanks to the website for these words from Merton. Seems to me as you read this that you can smell a little bit of Zen Buddhism's influence on Merton in this segment. According to the website, this is from his last publication before his death.

"The life of contemplation in action and purity of heart is, then, a life of great simplicity and inner liberty. One is not seeking anything special or demanding any particular satisfaction. One is content with what is. One does what is to be done, and the more concrete it is, the better. One is not worried about the results of what is done. One is content to have good motives and not too anxious about making mistakes. In this way one can swim with the living stream of life and remain at every moment in contact with God [ultimate reality], in the hiddenness and ordinariness of the present moment with it's obvious task."

"At such times, walking down a street, sweeping a floor, washing dishes, hoeing beans, reading a book, taking a stroll in the woods--all can be enriched with contemplation and with the obscure sense of the presence of God [ultimate reality]."




Anonymous said...

Hi Alan,
Beautiful words from one of my favorite writers.
We can't all be Merton, but we can all be content with what is :-)
Thank you for this post.

Monk in the world said...

sorry about the delay in posting your comment. Still learning how to do this blog thing. Forgot I had to moderate comments.

bows to you,

Anonymous said...

Hi Alan,
No Problem.

" never enjoy the world aright, till you so love the beauty of enjoying it, that you are covetous and earnest to persuade others to enjoy it...The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not man disquiet it."
--Thomas Traherne