Books and articles

These books and articles have been recommended by Kiranada, who spent a year in solitary retreat at Sudarshanaloka 2104 to 2015.


MacKenzie, Vicki. Cave in the Snow: Tenzin Palmo’s Quest for Enlightenment. Bloomsbury Publishing, NY and London, 1998.

Dobisz, Jane. One Hundred Days of: Finding Grace and Self on a Zen Retreat. Wisdom Pub. Boston. 2004.

Kull, Robert. Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes: A Year Alone in the Patagonia Wilderness. 2008

Maitland, Sara. A Book of Silence. Granta Books, London. 1998.

Sarvananada. Solitude and Loneliness: A Buddhist View. Windhorse Publications, Cambridge UK, 2012.

Storr, Anthony. Solitude: A Return to Self. 1988.

Of Interest

Bianco, Frank. Voices of Silence: Lives of Trappist Today. Paragon House Books, NYC, 1991

Ngawang Zangpo (Hugh Leslie Thompson) Trans. Jamgon Kongtrul’s Retreat Manual. Snow Lion Pub. Ithaca, NY, 1994

Sarton, May. Journal of Solitude. 1973.

Magazine articles

“Long Term Retreat: The Challenges and the Benefits,” Buddhadharma Magazine Spring 2011.

“Within You, Without You,” B. Alan Wallace, Tricycle Magazine, Winter 2009.

“The Power of Solitude,” Reggie Ray, Tricycle Magazine, Spring 2005.

“Inside the Shamatha Project,” Adeline Van Waning, Buddhadhrama Magazine
Summer 2011.