The Art of Solitude

Author(s): Stephen Batchelor

mind spirit religion philosophy

A moving and wide-ranging meditation on being alone with others in this world

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, and 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.

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General Fields

  • : 9780300250930
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : February 2020
  • : .688 Inches X 5 Inches X 7.75 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 200
  • : Stephen Batchelor
  • : Hardback
  • : English