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Merton's Correspondence with:

Dr. Reza Arasteh, A. Reza Arasteh; Reza Arasteh, Abdol Reza Arasteh, Abdol Arasteh, Abdol R. Arasteh

Arasteh, A. Reza, 1927-1992  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965-1984
Volume: 28 item(s); 37 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Arasteh trade books and essays. They discuss psychology, Sufism, Zen, Chuang Tzu, mysticism, Rumi, psychedelic drugs, etc. There are also letters by William H. Shannon who was approaching Arasteh about using his letters in The Hidden Ground of Love, and other letters dealing with permissions to use articles or chapters for a Merton memorial publication.

Biography

Abdol Reza Arasteh was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1927. He had studied both Eastern and Western psychology and seemed to bridge Merton's earlier interest in psychology with his later interest in Sufism, Zen and other eastern traditions. He lived a number of years in the United States and became a citizen in 1976. (Source: The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 40-41.)

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Arasteh in The Hidden Ground of Love; and contributions to Monks Pond, p. 69.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1965/11/13 TALS to Merton I appreciate your interest in my work, and under separate cover I am sending you a copy of my book, Rumi the Persian «detailed view»
2. 1965/12/18 TL[c] from Merton It is a great pleasure for me to have your book on Rumi, I am reading it with great interest as I Sufism and Merton's lectures / suggests comparison of Rumi with other mystics / sends book on Chuang Tzu and uncorrected essay on Zen «detailed view»
3. 1965/12/27 TALS[x] from Merton I am interested in your book, which I am sure will fill a great need in this country. The subject [annotated by Merton and Arasteh] writing a preface for Arasteh / question of psychedelics in valid mystical experiences / article on Zen Koans «detailed view»
4. 1967/12/30 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your very charming card: certainly the most beautiful and most "spiritual" I have seen Shaker Tree of Life (see Edward Andrews) / requests not yet translated Sufi literature for Monks Pond or pieces by Arasteh «detailed view»
5. 1968/01/26 (#01) TLS from Merton Your book is very fine and I am giving it a slow and fruitful reading. I find it very interesting permissions to use article on psycho-cultural analysis and Arasteh's poem in Monks Pond / Sufi texts / Mystics and Zen Masters «detailed view»
6. 1968/01/26 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Your book is very fine and I am giving it a slow and fruitful reading. I find it very interesting permissions to use article on psychocultural analysis and Arasteh's poem in Monks Pond / Sufi texts / Mystics and Zen Masters «detailed view»
7. 1968/02/07 TLS to Merton Thank you for your letter and your kind appreciation of my book. I also enjoyed reading your statement in the "CENTER LETTER" / enclosed article on Sufism / visiting Merton / manuscript of 16th century prayer book of Shi'a saints «detailed view»
8. 1968/02/17 TALS to Merton Thank you for your kind letter and the newsletter too. If weather does not prevent us, we will visiting Gethsemani on Feb. 23 / article on Sufism / "Psychocultural analysis and three concepts of mental health" Confinia Psychiatrica «detailed view»
9. 1968/03/22 (#01) TLS from Merton I am sorry I have not written for so long. It wasa [sic] disappointment not to see you, but I hope review of Arasteh's article for monastic magazine «detailed view»
10. 1968/03/22 (#02) TL[c] from Merton I am sorry I have not written for so long. It wasa [sic] disappointment not to see you, but I hope review of Arasteh's article for monastic magazine «detailed view»
11. 1968/04/02 TALS[x] from Merton Many thanks for your letter. April 12 is a difficult day in some respects as it is Good Friday, and [annotated by Merton and Arasteh] times and dates to reschedule visit / Final Integration «detailed view»
12. 1968/05/22 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Here is the reworked piece on "Rebirth in Christianity". I have been somewhat delayed in sending it City Lights Books and Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Final Integration «detailed view»
13. 1968/05/22 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton Here is the reworked piece on "Rebirth in Christianity". I have been somewhat delayed in sending it City Lights Books and Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Final Integration «detailed view»
14. 1969/01/21 TLS[x] from Saijo, Hisayo Alan Watts has asked me to thank you very much for your letter of January 13th. Dr. Watts would be inclusion of "The Ways of Liberation" chapter from Psychotherapy East and West in memorial book to Thomas Merton / Saijo was secretary to Alan Watts of the Society for Comparative Philosophy, Inc. (Sausalito, CA) «detailed view»
15. 1971/02/23 HLS[x] from Abdelnour, Mary Madeline For several weeks now I have been reading your most challenging book Final Integration in the Final Integration in the Adult Personality «detailed view»
16. 1974/01/08 HLS[x] from Tremblay, Yvonne During my studies at the University of Ottawa in view of obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I «detailed view»
17. 1974/03/18 HLS[x] from Tremblay, Yvonne Please excuse me for not answering sooner to acknowledge reception of your precious information. «detailed view»
18. 1976/10/19 TLS[x] from McCorkell, Edward You may be surprised to hear from a Cistercian monk out here in the lovely Shenandoah Valley. «detailed view»
19. 1978/02/17 TALS[x] from Smith, Anne Abel I am glad to say we received this morning three complimentary copies of the Spanish edition of RUMI, «detailed view»
20. 1980/03/22 TLS[x] from McCorkell, Edward Last week I was delighted when the mail brought a copy of your book, GROWTH TO SELFHOOD. I have «detailed view»
21. 1984/01/13 TLS[x] from Shannon, William It was a great pleasure to speak with you on the phone today. I have been wanting to get in touch «detailed view»
22. 1984/01/19 HLS to Shannon, William Thank you for your letter. I have located some information which will help you to learn my relation «detailed view»
23. 1984/02/03 HLS to Shannon, William Thank you for "the book"; I enjoyed most parts of it especially the section on "Inner-Experience" «detailed view»
24. 1984/02/26 TLS[x] from Shannon, William I hope you do not mind my calling you by your first name. I feel that we are going to continue to «detailed view»
25. undated/no/no (#01) other   Arasteh, A(bdol) Reza 1927- / Personal: Born September 27, 1927, in Shiraz, Iran; came to biography and list of writings from Contemporary Authors, Volume 105 «detailed view»
26. undated/no/no (#02) other   I. Western scholars have generally interpreted Sufism in terms of religious values, a frame of some notes by Arasteh / enclosure to a letter to Merton from 1968 «detailed view»
27. undated/no/no (#03) other   Arasteh, A. Reza. Final integration in the adult personality, a mesure [sic] for health, photocopied article from the SUPPLEMENT DE LA VIE SPIRITUELLE, No. 83, November 1967 «detailed view»
28. undated/no/no (#04) other   The R. M. Bucke / Arasteh, A. Reza. "Final Integration in the Adult Personality". The from The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 61-73. / long annotation by Arasteh «detailed view»

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