Thomas Merton: Christian Identity and Zen Buddhism Understanding of the Self

This special program is sponsored by Shadybrook, Inc., celebrating 60 years of spiritual exploration and The Cleveland Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society on the occasion of Thomas Merton’s Centenary.

Thomas Merton: Christian Identity and Zen Buddhism Understanding of the Self

It is our hope that by engaging Merton scholar, Bonnie Thurston, we can share deeply in the rich legacy of interfaith dialogue and contemplative prayer beqeathed us by the unique man, monk and mystic, Thomas Merton.


Location: Ursuline Educational Center- 2600 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, OH

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Friday, Sept. 11th 7:00 pm
Public Lecture: “Thomas Merton, Christian Identity and Zen
Buddhism’s Understanding of the Self”

Saturday, Sept. 12th  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Retreat Day: “Merton on Prayer”
9:00 - Check- In
9:30“Solitude and Poverty”
10:15 - Silent Time
10:45“Creative Consent: Saying ‘Yes’
1:00 - “Merton’s Last Public Teachings
on Prayer” (in Alaska and CA)

3:00 - Silent Time
3:30 - Questions & Answers

About the Presenter Bonnie Thurston, a native of southern West Virginia, lives quietly near Wheeling, WV having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She has done post-doctoral work in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.
Bonnie has written or edited eighteen theological books. Her scholarly interests in New Testament include the gospels of Mark and John, the Deutero-Pauline canon and, more generally, the history of Christian Spirituality and prayer. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bonnie wrote her doctoral dissertation on Thomas Merton and is particularly interested in his poetry and his inter-religious thought. She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president. She has written many articles on Merton and given retreats and lectured on Merton widely in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe. She edited Thomas Merton And Buddhism (Fons Vitae Press, 2007), Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton & Loretto (Fons Vitae, 2010) and Thomas Merton on Eastern Meditation (New Directions, 2012).
Her work on Merton has been translated into Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish. She is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. Her poetry frequently appears in religious periodicals, and she has authored five volumes
of verse. Bonnie is a widow, an avid walker, reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially the opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.