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Merton's Correspondence with:

Bede Griffiths; Swami Dayananda; Dhayananda; Griffiths, Alan Richard; Alan Griffiths

Griffiths, Bede, 1906-1993  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1966
Volume: 2 item(s); 2 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Bede Griffiths, born Alan Richard Griffiths, was born in England in 1906. He converted to Catholicism in the early 1930's and soon after joined a Benedictine monastery, Prinknash Abbey, and took the name Bede. Having later served as a Prior of Farnborough and then Pluscardin, during which time he gained an interest in Indian thought. He first asked to go to India to set up a monastic foundation, but was denied. Later, he was sent to India by the same abbot, but he was to be under the local bishop. From 1955-1958, he joined Fr. Francis Mahieu Acharya at Kurisumala Ashram (Mountain of the Cross), where they developed a Syriac rite monastic liturgy. Griffiths took the Sanskrit name Dhayananda, meaning "bliss of prayer". In 1963, he conducted a trip to the United States in which he engaged in an East-West dialog. (Source: Coff, Pascaline, O.S.B. "Man, Monk, Mystic." website of the Bede Griffiths Trust, accessed 2004/02/17. ‹›)

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1966/11/26 (#01) HLS to Merton This country man of yours turned up a week ago, looking like a regular vagabond with long hair and «detailed view»
2. 1966/11/26 (#02) HLS  from Gilbert, Steven / to Merton I don't know how or even what to say, but in some way I must express the joy with which I climbed [see verso of letter in "Griffiths, Bede" file for letter from Gilbert to Merton] «detailed view»

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