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Author QuotedWu Wei Wei
Title QuotedAll else is bondage : "non-volitional living" / by Wei Wu Wei. pseud. of Terrence Gray
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/12/12
ImprintHong Kong : Hong Kong University Press. [1964]
QuotationIt was very kind of you to think of sending me the little book of Terrence Gray. It is most valuable and full of very accurate insights. I appreciate very much having such a book at my side and I have been reading it often and thoughtfully in the hermitage, where I am fortunately able to spend quite a lot of time, day and night. It is a good book to keep one spiritually alert. I have no hesitation in saying that the "Buddhist" view of reality and of life is one which I find extremely practical and acceptable, and indeed, I think it is one of the very great contributions to the universal spiritual heritage of man. It is by no means foreign or hostile to the spirit of Christianity, provided that the Christian outlook does not become bogged down in a slough of pseudo-objective formalities, as I am afraid it sometimes tends to do. But I am very grateful for this book, and will be looking for a way to get some of the others. Perhaps the simplest thing would be for me to write to Mr. Gray and propose an exchange of some of my books for his.
Quotation SourceWitness to Freedom: The Letters of Thomas Merton in Times of Crisis.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1994, p. 167-68
Letter toMr. Lunsford
Link to Merton's Copy 52682 

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