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Did Thomas Merton write the following:

"I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity"

If so, in which writings?

I read this in many places such as this one but am unable to find the original writing of Merton in which it is mentioned.

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    If so, I wonder what he specifically meant. Taken at face value with no context, this appears to be an absurd statement; at the core of Christianity is a notion of a linear progression of the human soul that is completely at odds with the core Buddhist concept of reincarnation. – Mason Wheeler May 1 at 16:08
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  • David Steindl-Rast, "Man of Prayer," in Thomas Merton, Monk, ed. Patrick Hark (Garden City, NY: Image Books, 1976), 90.

The 1974 ed. doesn't have such a quote, so, considering the influence of Modernism (spec. religious indifferentism) on the post-Vatican II religious life, either Merton himself became a Modernist or the author interpolated that quote.

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