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Fruitful Darkness, The

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Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax encounters Tibetan Buddhist meditators, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders, among others.

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In rapt prose, she recounts her explorations - from Japanese Zen meditation to hallucinogenic plants, from the Dogon people of Mali to the Mayan rain forest, all the while creating "an adventure of the spirit and a feast of wisdom old and new" (Peter Matthiessen). Grove Press is proud to reissue this important work by one of Buddhism's leading contemporary teachers.

"Part autobiography, part guide for the perplexed, and part critique of 'modern culture,' The Fruitful Darkness is at its heart a demand for a realignment of our relationship with nature. Drawing on two decades of earnest pilgrimage, the author concludes passionately and convincingly that the West has lost its way, a diversion that accounts for the precipitous decline of the planet's ecology, our personal anguish and alienation, and the dearth of spiritual underpinnings to social life."      ~Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Halifax began working with the dying in 1970 as a medical anthropologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In 1972, she married Stanislav Grof and explored the use of LSD as an adjunct to psychotherapy for people dying of cancer. From that collaboration came their book, The Human Encounter with Death.

In the mid-1980's, she worked for mythologist Joseph Campbell, and then founded the Ojai Foundation, an educational center and community in California, while continuing her work with dying people.

In 1990, she moved to Santa Fe and founded Upaya, a Buddhist study and practice center. She continued counseling the dying, mainly people with AIDS.

Author Halifax, Joan
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 240 pp.
Publisher Grove Press 2004
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