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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968-1969
Volume: 14 item(s); 15 pg(s)

Scope and Content

These files were kept at Gethsemani and pertain to the time period after Merton's death. Gethsemani Abbey wrote to the Temple of Understanding, a non-profit organization promoting understanding between world religions headquartered in Washington, D.C., to obtain information about the speech Merton delivered to one of its meetings. Merton addressed the first of the organization's "Spiritual Summit Conferences," which was held in Calcutta, India, October 22-26, 1968. His paper was titled "Monastic Experience and the East West Dialogue."


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1. 1968/12/13 TL[c]  from Burns, Flavian / to John L. Hagan Enclosed please find the court order appointing me as executor of the last will and testament [to the American Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand] «detailed view»
2. 1969/01/03 TL[c]  from Gannon, Lawrence / to John L. Hagan On December 13th we sent you a request for an inventory of Father Thomas Merton (copy enclosed), «detailed view»
3. 1969/01/04 TL[c]  from Burns, Flavian / to John L. Hagan We have just received your registered letter of December 27, with enclosures. As you can see from «detailed view»
4. 1969/01/31 (#01) TL  from Hyde, Susan / to Flavian Burns Mr. Finley P. Dunne, Jr., our Executive Director, has instructed me to send you, at the suggestion «detailed view»
5. 1969/01/31 (#02) other   Monastic Experience and the East West Dialogue By Thomas Merton Monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, USA «detailed view»
6. 1969/02/08 TL[c]  from Gannon, Lawrence / to Susan Hyde Father Flavian asked me to write you and thank you for sending us the account of the talk given by «detailed view»
7. 1969/02/14 (#01) TLS  from Hyde, Susan / to Flavian Burns Enclosed is some material which we have recently published. The Occasional Paper grew out «detailed view»
8. 1969/02/14 (#02) other   THE VALIDITY WHICH EACH OF THE WORLD RELIGIONS ACCORDS TO OTHER RELIGIONS ["Occasional Paper 1" 1968, 58 pages] «detailed view»
9. 1969/02/14 (#03) other   The Temple of Understanding Newsletter Spring 1968 [4 pages] «detailed view»
10. 1969/02/14 (#04) other   THE SPIRITUAL SUMMIT CONFERENCE Calcutta, India - Oct. 22-26, 1968 [-] A MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS [6 pages] «detailed view»
11. 1969/02/14 (#04) other   The Temple of Understanding Newsletter February 1969 [8 pages] «detailed view»
12. 1969/02/14? (#05) HN  from Burns, Flavian / to Lawrence Gannon Please thank this good lady - esp. for her own letter - Tell her you think that Mr. J. Laughlin, [8 pages] «detailed view»
13. 1969/02/26 TL[c]  from Gannon, Lawrence / to Susan Hyde Again Fr. Flavian has asked me to thank you for the material you have sent us and especially for «detailed view»
14. 1969/04/14 TLS  from Hollister, Caroline / to Flavian Burns I attended the Spiritual Summit Conference in Calcutta last October as photographer for the Temple «detailed view»

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