With silence increasingly becoming a stranger to us, one man set out to become its intimate—Pablo d’Ors, a Catholic priest whose life was changed by Zen meditation. With disarming honesty and directness, as well as a striking clarity of language, d’Ors shares his struggles as a beginning meditator: the tedium, restlessness, and distraction. But, persevering, the author discovers not only a deep peace and understanding of his true nature, but also that silence, rather than being a retreat from life, offers us an intense engagement with life just as it is. Imbued with a rare beauty, Biography of Silence shows us the deep joy of silence that is available to us all.
Born in Madrid in 1963, Pablo d'Ors studied in New York, Vienna, Prague, and Rome. In 1991, he was ordained as a priest and he received a doctorate in Theology in 1996. In 2014, he founded the Amigos del Desierto foundation with the aim of promoting the practice of meditation. In the same year, Pope Francis made him a consultant of the Pontifical Council for Culture. d'Ors debuted as a writer in 2000 with Las Ideas Puras, a novel that was a finalist for the Herralde Prize. He's gone on to publish almost a dozen fiction and nonfiction titles. This is his first English translation. Pablo d'Ors lives in Madrid.
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