Wisdom of the Desert
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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books"•surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.
The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.