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In Celebration of Thomas Merton’s 100th Birthday!

2015/02/28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

MertonSession One: Thomas Merton: A Monk with the Vision of an Artist

The child of artistic, pacifist parents, Thomas Merton expressed himself throughout his life in various mediums – prose, poetry, drawings and photographs. His early monastic poetry and art work, like his prose, were conservative. However, as his self-confidence in his vocation changed and as he discovered a deeper and broader understanding of God arrived at through his solitude, so his self-expression through his writings and art work changed.

This presentation will give an overview of Merton’s development as an artist, paying particular attention to the marked change in his drawings from 1960 onwards, a change that paralleled changes in both his prose and poetry as he moved from the world denying monk of the 40’s and early 50’s to the world embracing monk of the 60’s.

Session Two: A Hidden Wholeness:  The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton only became interested in photography in the final years of his life but, very quickly, it became a way for him to explore and express his relationship with the world.  Merton’s images cause us to pause, to stop, to see what is right in front of us every day. This presentation will explore Merton’s use of the medium of photography as a call to a new way of seeing, and as a means to awaken us to contemplation.

Presenter:  Paul Pearson

Date: February 28, 2014 (Saturday)

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  (11:30 a.m. Eucharist will be part of the day.)

Offering:  $50 per person



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Paul Pearson


Daylesford Abbey
220 South Valley Road
Paoli, PA 19301 United States
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