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The Art of Solitude
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Stephen Batchelor is a teacher and scholar of Buddhism. He is the author of numerous works, including Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, Secular Buddhism, and After Buddhism.

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"Elegant and formally ingenious."-Geoff Wisner, Wall Street Journal
"Forty years in the making, The Art of Solitude could not have come at a better time or from anyone else. Beautifully written, Batchelor's wisdom shines through on every page, leading the reader on an engaging and illuminating journey into the very needed solitude about which he writes."-Judson Brewer, author of The Craving Mind
"The Art of Solitude is a marvel. Carefully constructed and entirely original, it sings with a haunting melody of wistful contemplation. Reading it is a true joy."-Mark Epstein, author of Thoughts without a Thinker
"With his long experience of Buddhism, meditation, and teaching it is hard to think of anyone better equipped to write about the art of solitude than Stephen Batchelor."-Tim Parks
"In this exquisite contemplation on solitude that is intimate, brave, and wise, Batchelor brings us to the vast center of his life and realization."-Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
"Batchelor's graceful writing guides us to the innermost recesses of solitude, illuminating it as a practice, way of life, and inescapable dimension of being human."-Evan Thompson, author of Why I Am Not a Buddhist and Waking, Dreaming, Being

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