Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature (Paperback)

Vajragupta

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“I had not met or interacted with a human being for weeks. I had just spent the night alone on a cloud-shrouded mountain. And now a fox and I looked intently at each other.…”

What is it like to be completely alone, attempting to face your experience with only nature for company? Buddhist teacher and author, Vajragupta, has been doing just that every year for twenty-five years. Here he recounts how these ‘solitary retreats’ have changed him, how he fell in love with the places he stayed in and the creatures there.

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Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature

Vajragupta

“I had not met or interacted with a human being for weeks. I had just spent the night alone on a cloud-shrouded mountain. And now a fox and I looked intently at each other.…”

What is it like to be completely alone, attempting to face your experience with only nature for company? Buddhist teacher and author, Vajragupta, has been doing just that every year for twenty-five years. Here he recounts how these ‘solitary retreats’ have changed him, how he fell in love with the places he stayed in and the creatures there. He reflects on how the outer world and his inner world began to speak more deeply to each other, how there were moments when the barrier between them seemed to dissolve away. Also includes an ‘A-to-Z’ guide of how to do your own solitary retreat.

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A fascinatingly anecdotal introduction to the practice of solitary retreat, encouraging us to go often and alone into the wild. – Kamalashila, author of Buddhist Meditation – Tranquillity, Imagination and Insight

Vajragupta gives us a wonderful evocation of how to use solitude as a way of deepening our resonance with the natural world. But, even more than that, he shows us how this vivid aliveness to the world leads to ‘a quietening of the self’ which, paradoxically, leaves us ‘saturated with life’. – Subhadramati, author of Not About Being Good