Retreat: Time Apart for Silence and Solitude

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Roger Housden's beautiful introduction to the practice and philosophy of the spiritual retreat is a complete overview of the long and venerable tradition of withdrawing temporarily from the world in order to experience a return to oneself. Housden brings to the modern seeker a glimpse of the diverse and rich practices that through the ages have taught the spiritual value of solitude and contemplation. He shows us how, with the cultivation of silence and awareness, we can each find relief from the hectic and ...
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Overview

Roger Housden's beautiful introduction to the practice and philosophy of the spiritual retreat is a complete overview of the long and venerable tradition of withdrawing temporarily from the world in order to experience a return to oneself. Housden brings to the modern seeker a glimpse of the diverse and rich practices that through the ages have taught the spiritual value of solitude and contemplation. He shows us how, with the cultivation of silence and awareness, we can each find relief from the hectic and chaotic pace of the world and come alive to ourselves again. With a broad perspective, Housden skillfully guides the reader through the ways to mindfulness as practiced by Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, indigenous cultures, nature lovers, and many others. Housden opens the way for many teachings to be integrated into an individual approach to seeking spiritual fulfillment. In this way, the reader can design a personal spiritual retreat determined by his or her own motivation and intention. Retreat is an invaluable primer on the religions, institutions, and retreat centers that focus on the value of meditation, silence, and awareness as the path to our deeper natures. In addition to a skillful outline of the rich traditions that teach the contemplative path, Housden provides a wide range of methods and approaches to the practice of retreat - from a walk in the woods to a three-year silent retreat in the mountains of Tibet. He equips the novice with a full range of information, and masterfully introduces the five factors that set the retreat apart from the affairs of daily living: silence, mindfulness, meditation, the retreat community, and the retreat leader.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060639051
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217

Table of Contents

Retreat 1
Silence 4
Mindfulness 12
Meditation 17
The Retreat Community 22
The Retreat Leader 25
The Way of Knowledge 29
Buddhism 29
Zen Buddhism 37
Tibetan Buddhism 48
Raja Yoga 59
Shamanism 64
The Way of the Heart 79
Christianity 79
Sufism 102
Bhakti Yoga 106
The Way of the Body 115
Tai Chi 122
Yoga 127
Prapto Movement Work - The Walk of Life 134
The Way of Art 139
The Awakened Eye 142
Caroline Mackenzie 145
The Way of Sound 151
The Healing Voice 158
The Naked Voice 162
The Way of the Wilderness 167
Journey into Emptiness 170
The Upaya Foundation 174
The Tracking Project 178
The Solitary Way 183
Assakrem 188
Halvet 192
The Three Year Tibetan Retreat 197
Addresses 202
Bibliography 210
Index 212
Acknowledgments 216
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