“An exceptional piece of worklarge, mythic, specific, personal, rooted, wild, hungry, full of open heart.” Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
The Fruitful Darkness
A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom
978-0-8021-4071-5 • $16.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2004
Eastern Religion & Philosophy
In this “masterwork of an authentic spirit person” (Thomas Berry), Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax delves into “the fruitful darkness”the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation. In The Fruitful Darkness, a highly personal and insightful odyssey of the heart and mind, she encounters Tibetan Buddhist mediators, Mexican shamans, and Native American elders, among others. In rapt prose, she recounts her explorationsfrom 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.