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One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat Paperback – December 26, 2007
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"Splendidly candid and beautifully written... There have been plenty of other books about solitude and the refreshments emerging out of silence and communion with the natural world but this one is special because of its radiant glints of wisdom about Zen." (Spirituality & Practice)
"Good, level-headed stuff. Dobisz is a teacher and writer of strength and experience. With wit, seriousness, and freshness, she gives a powerful account of facing life and reality head-on." (Steve Hagen, author of Buddhism is Not What You Think)
"A fine job of capturing an experience that is so extraordinary in our too-busy, too noisy lives." (Albuquerque Journal)
"A deep bow of appreciation to Jane Dobisz for this lovely reminder--especially welcome in our contemporary culture of seemingly endless stimulus seductions--that the peaceful mind rejoices at the sound of melting snow." (Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier than You Think)
"Rich with humility and humor--Dobisz finds lessons in Zen and life in everything from the frozen rock-solid contents of her chamber pot to the temptations in a package of Lorna Doones." (Vermont Quarterly)
"Dobisz's book describes how loneliness and discomfort evolved into joy as, forced by the absence of distraction and the repetition of simple activities, she learned to focus on each moment--the essence of Zen teaching--and came to treasure life in a way many people don't." (Boston Globe)
"Jane Dobisz, as so many students of Buddhism have done, decided to live a solitary life with nature for a time, 100 days to be exact, during the winter and spring months so that she could experience the harshness of winter and then the jubilation of spring. As I allowed myself to enter her world and release my cynical ponderings, the book began to calm me... This is not really a book to be read in one or two sittings. It is one of those books that you leave by your bedside. You pick it up, and randomly choose a chapter. The quote, the lesson of each small chapter will embrace you, and provide you with a small Zen moment to relax with after a long hard day." (PopMatters.com)
"Down-to-earth, humorous, and easy to follow. This is the story of real practice, as far from a scholarly treatise on Buddhism as possible, and is filled with wonderful teachings and quotes from the great Zen practitioners of all time." (Primary Point)
"Lovely brushstrokes of Zen heart/mind emerging out of intrepid Zen practice. Having trained under the same teacher, it was particularly delightful to feel the vitality of Seung Sahn's teachings brought to life in such a down-to-earth and poetic way." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Coming to Our Senses)
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Through her days alone she experiences despair, desire, day dreaming, exhiliration,loneliness and hunger. She experiences the joy of feeding a chickadee from her fingers and experiences wisdom from a tiny mouse who decides to camp out in the excrement in her chamber pot. Practicing mindfulness - fully focused moment by moment awareness brings an aliveness to every moment of life.
Dobisz' book is wise, refreshing and most of all inspiring.
If you want to read a great book that helps you understand what a real 100 day zen retreat would be like to the body, mind and soul of an American - read Jane Dobisz's book.
Go beyond the stories and the philosophy, and what you start to feel is that this is actually a real life zen master reaching out with her own unique zen lesson for the reader. It's as if Jane is showing us the answer to the Koan "how does one teach zen through a book?". if you are interested in zen, dont miss this one!
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I read this book many years ago for the first time. The images have stayed with me. I return to it again and again. Courage, wisdom, discipline and solitude are connected.Published on January 17, 2014 by Lesley Macquarrie
Insightful,inspirational, humorous, and subjective journey offers a remarkable read. Each chapter reveals another opportunity to find the Grace of Zen.Published on October 25, 2013 by Gail Reid
ZM Jane Dobisz is a great teacher. Her teachings are unpretentious and easy to understand. She studied with the same teacher my teacher received dharma transmission from; the... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Joseph A. Coleman
I usually find it hard to nagivate through spiritual books, but One Hundred Days of Solitude teaches by way of the author's personal story. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by Julia Charpentier