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The wisdom of solitude : a Zen retreat in the woods

Author: Jane Dobisz
Publisher: [San Francisco] : Harper SanFrancisco, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The whole idea of being alone had always intrigued me, yet at the same time scared me half to death. Being alone would mean no human contact, no talking, no going to work, paying bills, running errands, or doing any of the usual things I spent so much energy on. What would that be like? Who would I find there, underneath all the layers of social conditioning, obligations, rules, and cultural filters? Would I even  Read more...
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Named Person: Jane Dobisz; Jane Dobisz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Dobisz
ISBN: 0060085959 9780060085957
OCLC Number: 52542227
Language Note: Includes verses by Joseph Campbell and English version of verses by various Zen masters of Asia.
Description: 143 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Where Are You Going? --
2. The Alarm --
3. Up and Down --
4. Three Pounds of Flax --
5. The Great Way Has No Gate --
6. Wooden Fish --
7. Go Wash Your Bowls --
8. Grace --
9. Evening Practice --
10. A Diamond Sword --
11. A Seamless Monument --
12. A Finger Pointing to the Moon --
13. Venturing into the Unknown --
14. Splitting Logs --
15. The Chickadee Sermon --
16. Great Question, Great Faith, Great Courage --
17. Go Ask a Tree --
18. Ten Dumb Years --
19. Cognition Is Not the Path --
20. Bath Day --
21. Sun-Face Buddha, Moon-Face Buddha --
22. Waiting for a Sweet One --
23. You Decide --
24. Un Mun's "Cake" --
25. Who's There? --
26. A Water Buffalo Passing Through a Window --
27. Fake Dream Craziness --
28. Un Mun's Utmost Master --
29. The Willow Is Green, the Flowers Are Red --
30. A Lotus Grows in the Mud --
31. For You --
32. Sangha --
33. Nature's Genius --
34. Peace Isn't Luck --
35. Wild Fox Spirit --
36. Rapture --
37. Sink into This World. 38. Very Soft Is True Strength --
39. Everything Just Like This Is Buddha --
40. Returning Home --
App.: The Great Dharani.
Responsibility: by Jane Dobisz.
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The whole idea of being alone had always intrigued me, yet at the same time scared me half to death. Being alone would mean no human contact, no talking, no going to work, paying bills, running errands, or doing any of the usual things I spent so much energy on. What would that be like? Who would I find there, underneath all the layers of social conditioning, obligations, rules, and cultural filters? Would I even like this person? It seemed the best way to find out would be to follow the traditional monastic schedule of sitting, walking, chanting, bowing, and cutting wood for one hundred days. -- from the Introduction Inspired by her Korean Zen master's discipline of long, solitary retreats, Jane Dobisz strikes out to a lone cabin in the countryside of New England, armed with nothing but determination, modest food supplies, and an intensely regimented daily practice schedule. The unfolding story of her experience is threaded through with Zen teachings and striking insights into the miracles and foibles of the human mind when left to its own devices, with little distraction at hand. Both entertaining and inspiring, The Wisdom of Solitude offers a poignant testament to the benefits that reflection and retreat of any duration bring to our lives.

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