Thomas Merton, the Kentucky monk and influential author, met in 1968 with the Dalai Lama in Asia during the final weeks of his life. Louisville filmmaker Morgan Atkinson's new film about Merton's pivotal last year will debut on KET on Dec. 10.
Thomas Merton, the Kentucky monk and influential author, met in 1968 with the Dalai Lama in Asia during the final weeks of his life. Louisville filmmaker Morgan Atkinson's new film about Merton's pivotal last year will debut on KET on Dec. 10. Photo used with permission of the Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University.
Thomas Merton, the Kentucky monk and influential author, met in 1968 with the Dalai Lama in Asia during the final weeks of his life. Louisville filmmaker Morgan Atkinson's new film about Merton's pivotal last year will debut on KET on Dec. 10. Photo used with permission of the Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University.

New film explores last, eventful year of Thomas Merton’s life

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