18 September 2013

Hermitages Again: Thomas Merton's Hermitage

Recently (02. Sept.2013) I was asked about hermitages, what features a hermitage should include, what one should think about in setting one up, and so forth. I answered the first of these questions mainly on the basis of my own experience. I thought it might be interesting to show a video of Thomas Merton's hermitage. One Buddhist hermit whose blog I read occasionally also showed this and commented that he was surprised to find the hermitage is comprised of four rooms with a dozen pans for cooking, etc.

As a postscript, I should note that much of the music accompanying this video is done by Dom Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam, the new Prior of the Camaldolese.