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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; First Trade Paper Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715381
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Dobisz (Zen Master Bon Yeon) is a Guiding Teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center, where she was Abbot for four years and where she lived for ten years. A student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1982, she has practiced extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. An advisor in the financial services industry, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.

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Jane Dobisz is the Guiding Teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center and the Cape Cod Zen Center and has been teaching Zen since 1991. For more information please visit her website at www.janedobisz.com

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Her teachings are unpretentious and easy to understand.
Joseph A. Coleman
She takes along the most basic of items -an ax, barley tea, rice, miso, beans, and one hundred pieces of dried fruit, one piece for each day of her retreat.
L. Young
Her stories still detangle my tightly-wound brain, and almost most importantly, make me laugh out loud Buy one.
Maria Applewhite

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Young VINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
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Zen student, Jane Dobisz decides to deepen her practice by spending one hundred days in solitude in a tiny 150 square foot cabin in the deep woods during a New England winter. She takes along the most basic of items -an ax, barley tea, rice, miso, beans, and one hundred pieces of dried fruit, one piece for each day of her retreat. The cabin is heated with a wood stove and has no plumbing or electricity. She must chop wood for heat each day, as well as drag water from a well a half mile away. She sets before herself a stringent Zen regimen. Up at 3:15 am every morning to spend the rest of the day at meditative practices - bowing, sitting, walking, chanting, work period, on and on until sleep at 9:3opm.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Klevans Manning on March 6, 2008
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Why would you wantto spend 100 days by yourself in the woods? I couldn't imagine doing such a thing, but as a spiritual seeker I was curious what someone would get out of it. Jane Dobisz has written a book with such clarity, honesty, humility and humor that I understood not only the challenges of making a retreat but also the benefits. I was (almost) convinced to try it myself. I particularly appreciate the metaphors she uses to explain zen principles. For example, when she compares being on a zen retreat to boiling a pot of water it becomes clear why she is there.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Stepaniak on May 23, 2008
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If you have ever imagined taking a solitary retreat, this book is an opportunity to live it vicariously. The author is engaging, honest, and inspiring -- she makes you feel as though you are experiencing the retreat directly rather than just reading about it. Be forewarned, however, that this is a reissue of her prior book published under the title "The Wisdom of Solitude." So, if you already own that one, there is no need to purchase this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Margarrete on March 27, 2010
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I loved this book. Only I read it as The Wisdom of Solitude....I think that was a much better title and wish she wouldn't have changed it. I bought the book and read it twice. Then I went on my own solo meditation retreat. She inspired me in a huge way to move to the next level. I needed running water, heat and a lock on the door though. I gave the book away; then decided I needed to read it again. So purchased another copy and read it several more times. Fun, uplifting and intelligently written, I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in meditation and self exploration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Charpentier on February 10, 2008
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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. She is honest about both her insights and her own weaknesses. I came away wanting to do a retreat myself, though probably a shorter one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. M. OConnor on February 8, 2008
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I loved this book. I felt every sense, every hardship and every funny turn. I couldn't do what the author did but I loved every minute of sharing her experience- I laughed, cried and felt a certain peace. Don't be without this book.
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