The fruitful darkness: reconnecting with the body of the earth

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HarperSanFrancisco, Apr 1, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 240 pages
The long-awaited reflections of a celebrated world traveler--notes on the extraordinary life and spiritual pilgrimage of anthropologist, ecologist, educator, and author Halifax. In her first book in nearly 12 years, Halifax shares her intensely personal voyage into the "fruitful darkness" of the earth body, her encounters with Buddhist masters, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders.

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THE FRUITFUL DARKNESS: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth

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Radical ecospiritual memoirs and meditations from a globe- trotting seeker of truth. Halifax (Shamanic Voices, 1991, etc.—not reviewed) boasts impressive New Age credentials: ex-wife of psychologist ... Read full review

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Halifax, a Zen Buddhist, anthropologist, and author ( Shamanic Voices , Viking, 1991), writes of her experience of psychomental crisis and of her need to reconnect with the earth. She recounts how she ... Read full review


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Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Zen priest and anthropologist who has served on the faculty of Columbia University and the University of Miami School of Medicine. For the past thirty years she has worked with dying people and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and many other academic institutions. In 1990, she founded Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist study and social action center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1994, she founded the Project on Being with Dying, which has trained hundreds of healthcare professionals in the contemplative care of dying people.

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