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Merton: A Film Biography

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Merton: A Film Biography (1984)

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In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the austere Trappist order, where he became an eloquent spiritual writer and mystic as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace. Merton: A Film Biography provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th-century religious philosopher who wrote, in addition to his immensely popular autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, more than 60 books on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, some of which are excerpted here.

Merton offers an engaging profile of a man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and whose words and thoughts continue to have a profound impact and relevance today.

Paul Wilkes, Audrey L. Glynn

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joeszarek941, posted on November 18, 2015

I appreciate being introduced to Thomas Merton...I missed him along the way...I love the clarity he expressed his brilliant ideas with...a treasure and thanksl

kfenlon, posted on November 13, 2015

There are too many videos that are recommended that are only available in the United States.
Please can you be more inclusive.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on November 13, 2015

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kydoves, posted on October 2, 2015

I had never heard of Thomas Merton before and I thank Gaiam for providing this video. I am someone who has dedicated my life to achieving enlightenment and I embrace those who help us to find our way like Thomas Merton. I will be reading his work as much as I can. Thanks to those who made this film and participated in it because you made him so real to those of us who never met him. Blessings to all.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on October 5, 2015

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rajdreamz, posted on October 1, 2015

I have mixed feelings about this guy. One the one hand, he praises Bhagavad Gita--on the other hand, he says in one of his essays that one who considers himself spirit incarnating into a material body as opposed to a combination of both commits a sin he calls "angelism". How can you say that The Gita is a holy scripture and then state that one who follows Krishna's teaching that we're not these bodies (we aren't) is a sinner? I know the guy certainly meant well, and please understand I'm not launching a criticism here. I'm just pointing out a contradiction.

carolanderson117, posted on September 30, 2015

I will watch again ! It was a refreshing break from New Age fluff, I fall in between both the extremes. I was very happy to notice a show on Hildegard Von Bingen that I will watch now. I have books by both Merton and Hildegard in my large library of spiritual books, but hadn't gotten to reading yet. I am VERY HAPPY to find classic movies on mysticism here also !!!!

rosaluna, posted on February 25, 2014

A moving tribute to a extraordinary monk and human being. Thanks for offering this on Gaiam TV.

sodenweller, posted on July 18, 2015

Unable to stream any programs for past several weeks. Please fix. Thank you

powren, posted on February 24, 2014

This film gives you a fascinating insight into Merton, I've a;ready watched it twice!

cindypatterson9, posted on February 4, 2014

Loved it

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