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One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat

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In the middle of winter, Jane Dobisz arrives at a lonely, primitive cabin armed with nothing but modest food supplies and an intensely regimented daily schedule that she thumbtacks to the wall. “3:15 A.M. Wake Up. 3:20 300 Bows. 4:00 Ma. 4:15 Sitting. 4:45 Walking.” And so it goes, for 100 days. Dobisz, inspired by her Korean Zen master’s discipline of long, solitary ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Wisdom Publications
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C2015
Jul 19, 2013 C2015 rated it really liked it
This was really good. So beautifully written. She is just like us with the same problems with staying focussed etc and she doesn't make herself wrong for it, she's just curious about it. And I finally understand from her explanation, or the place i'm in in my life, the whole doing it for the rest of humanity thing. It's about "cleaning up" and improving the small patch of humanity you occupy and have the remotest chance of actually controlling. I get it now. And the big You bowing to the little ...more
Barbara
Feb 20, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Reading One Hundred Days of Solitude was like having a mini-retreat in my home. I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I'm not a Zen practitioner. I'm not sure I could make it through one hundred days, but I'd love to have a retreat by myself in a similar setting. This is a book I'm sure I'll revisit.
Catherine
Oct 10, 2010 Catherine rated it liked it
This book and I got off on the wrong foot. Dobisz's summary of her time in Nepal, including all the "exotic" things she saw there, was appallingly clueless - the family who invited her to dinner, for example, were not giving her a lesson in being unattached to material objects so much as impoverished and sharing their only staple: rice. And despite Dobisz's assertion, only a very few "Native Americans" lived in teepees as opposed to any number of other dwellings. Oy.

Once Dobisz began to talk abo
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Jessica Kelishes
Aug 07, 2013 Jessica Kelishes rated it did not like it
I could only read half of this. It was boring and confusing and I hated it. I was glad when I decided to stop because I couldn't keep track of the characters because they all had the same names. Boring and dull and I just couldn't get into it.
Patricia
Oct 12, 2010 Patricia rated it it was amazing
This wasn't the book I read. I read One Hundred Days of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have no idea how this book got on my list, but I'm sure it's great if the title is any indication.
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“after all your talk of food … you’re still hungry after all your talk of clothes … you’re still cold eating rice is what fills your belly wearing clothes is what keeps you warm without really thinking it through you grumble that the way to find Buddha is difficult look inside your heart … there’s Buddha don’t look for him outside your self —HAN SHAN, The View from Cold Mountain” 0 likes
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