February 19, 2020
The Art of Solitude: An Evening with Stephen Batchelor
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.
Batchelor’s new book, The Art of Solitude, documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, 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.
Join us for a short book talk and Q&A with James Shaheen, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review’s editor and publisher.
Co-presented by the Garrison Institute and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
New York Open Center
22 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
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. He lives in La Sauve, France.
James Shaheen is the editor and publisher of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.