The Art of Solitude

The Art of Solitude

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Publisher's Synopsis

In a time of social distancing and isolation, a meditation on the beauty of solitude from renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor
 
A Los Angeles Review of Books "Best of the Year" selection
 
"Whatever a soul is, the author goes a long way toward soothing it. A very welcome instance of philosophy that can help readers live a good life."-Kirkus Reviews
 
"Elegant and formally ingenious."-Geoff Wisner, Wall Street Journal
 
When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth.
 
This beautiful literary collage documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, drinking peyote and ayahuasca, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to Batchelor's ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease. Mixed in with his personal narrative are inspiring stories from solitude's devoted practitioners, from the Buddha to Montaigne, from Vermeer to Agnes Martin.
 
In a hyperconnected world that is at the same time plagued by social isolation, this book shows how to enjoy the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300261523
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 155.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7355
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 100g
Height: 119mm
Width: 190mm
Spine width: 16mm