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In Into the Haunted Ground, Anam Thubten invites us to embrace every aspect of our lives, from the most difficult to the most joyful. For those of us who feel caught in endless anxious thoughts and stuck in personal relationships, Anam Thubten offers a direct and practical approach to dismantle our conceptual fixations, reveal the deeper habits that motivate us, and step into the immediate open spaciousness that can heal ourselves and the world.
Weaving together personal stories with philosophical explanations, Anam Thubten offers swift and straightforward methods to cut through old habits that no longer serve our best interests or reflect our true nature. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this book presents the core lessons of the Tibetan practice of Chöd as a fundamental wisdom that is accessible to any of us willing to enter the “haunted grounds” of our own minds.
About the Author
ANAM THUBTEN grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Dharmata Foundation, and he teaches widely in the United States and internationally. He is the author of Choosing Compassion; No Self, No Problem; The Magic of Awareness; and Embracing Each Moment.
“Anam Thubten has a profound understanding of the meaning and philosophy of Chöd and has fully integrated the practice into his life. Evidenced by this book, he has clearly demonstrated how to teach Chöd in a practical, accessible, experiential style. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who may be interested in this extraordinary, joyous, and fearless path of practice.”—Orgyen Chowang, author of Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness
“Anam Thubten Rinpoche impeccably lays bare the earthy, playful, and bold spirit of everyday Chöd. A stunning and practical guide for those interested in authentic, living spirituality.”—Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal, author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom
“Into the Haunted Ground is a profound reminder that every part of our experience, from the most painful to the most sublime, can be harnessed in the service of awakening. Anam Thubten’s lyrically accessible prose weaves together the wisdom and compassion of this tradition with the struggles we encounter today.” —Elizabeth L. Monson, author of Tales of a Mad Yogi: The Life and Wild Wisdom of Drukpa Kunley
“A startling and wonderful foray into chöd.”—Lion’s Roar