Thomas Merton


“The self is not its own center and does not orbit around itself; it is centered on God, the one center of all, which is “everywhere and nowhere”. In whom all are encountered, from whom all proceed. Thus from the very start this consciousness is disposed to encounter “the other” with whom it is already united anyway “in God”.

– Zen and The Birds of Appetite, 24

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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