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Maria-Kannon: A Focal Point for Buddhist Christian Interactions
Thomas Merton proclaimed in his essay, “The Woman Clothed with the Sun” that a certain power existed in the fact that we know so little of the Virgin Mary. Merton saw Mary’s non-divinity as virtuous in itself and realized that her humility and “hiddenness” offered a path to wisdom. Since she lacks, in the New Testament, a definitive biography or character, she is able to symbolize the merits of the one who is empty. Merton wrote that by “having nothing of her own, retaining n