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Pablo d’Ors: Biography of Silence

May 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0

Spanish priest and Zen disciple Pablo d’Ors shares insights from his first English translation, Biography of Silence, at Pegasus Books Downtown. A publishing phenomenon in Spain, Biography of Silence is a moving, lyrical, far-ranging meditation on the deep joys of confronting oneself through silence.


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.


Pablo d’Ors is a Spanish priest and writer. He was ordained in 1991 and 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. He has published many books, both fiction and nonfiction. This is his first English translation.

“In accessible language reminiscent of Thomas Merton, d’Ors’s enchanting book, a bestseller in Spain, channels his Catholic spiritual heritage into a persuasive meditation guide for Western readers.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Biography of Silence invites us to stop and catch our breath. Each chapter inspires a hunger for the contemplative silence the author has come to love with such contagious affection. The word ‘God’ is mentioned only a handful of times, but few books have rendered me more vulnerable to a divine encounter. Pablo d’Ors has given us a literary and spiritual gift.” —Brian D. McLaren, The Great Spiritual Migration

Biography of Silence is a poetic yet baldly honest account of what it means to persevere with meditation.” —Lion’s Roar

Event date:
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – 7:30pm
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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
BerkeleyCA 94704

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May 28, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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