His Holiness Speaks about Thomas Merton!

Friday, March 6th, 6:00pm doors open, 7:00pm Documentary

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (across from DGCEC, 330 N. Hubbards Lane)

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This new documentary, created by Morgan Atkinson, includes footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama reflecting on his relationship with Thomas Merton that was recorded in Louisville in 2013. January 31st marked the centenary of Merton’s birth, and began a year-long commemoration of a “simple Christian monk” who is regarded as a primary spiritual teacher and peacemaker of the 20th century.

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is the story of Merton in the last year of his life, embarking on his greatest journey. It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today.

The producer, Morgan Atkinson, is a documentary producer based in Louisville, KY. In a career spanning 30 + years he has focused on people or groups seeking meaning through a spiritual search. His earlier work on Thomas Merton entitled Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton was aired nationally on PBS in 2007. He has produced feature-length documentaries focusing on other aspects of spiritual seekers titled Gethsemani, Poetry of a Soul: A Monk’s Story and Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin. See for more details.

Stay for a discussion with the producer/writer following the documentary. Refreshments, Tibetan momos and Tibetan merchandise for sale to support DGCEC.