Alan Anderson: “When Bad Lands”

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Alan Anderson’s new book, When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out—Buddhist Style is now available in paperback and Kindle.


Shastri Bill Brauer writes:  “Alan Anderson is a long-time Shambhalian and former shastri who has written a very well-received book on waking up from self-deception that is exactly in tune with the awakening that all of Shambhala is grappling with today. Please be sure to read the reviews. They are by some of Shambhala’s most trusted leaders and teachers and they all highly praise the book. The foreword is by Acharya Fleet Maull.”

From the book’s back cover:

Change. Sometimes it wells up from within and we enter gracefully. At other times it is utterly choiceless and the past, present and future get burned up in the most unforgiving flames.The Seven Skills presented in “When Bad Lands” help guide us through this challenging and rewarding journey. This is not a shortcut to clean up the surface or soften the edges. Rather, it is a mirror for courageously seeing ourselves with humor and heart.

For reviews, links and further information see (and check out the blog comments about the new Milwaukee Shambhala Center Radical Responsibility Group.)

What readers are saying:

-Use the dharma to work with life’s “vicissitudes.”

-I couldn’t put this book down. This is one of the best dharma books I’ve read. A very practical guide to bringing what we have studied and practiced into our life and using it to move through change.

Amazon Customers

-Humorous and sobering–a great dharma read.

-Anderson’s book is *wonderfully helpful*— and fun to read. Like all good dharma, it offers both insight or clarity, on the one hand, and sobriety and insult, on the other, like ‘uh-oh, this deception is gonna have to go— yikes!’ 🙂

-I was inspired and well-served by what Anderson shares here from his hard, personal work on the path.

-Alan Anderson, your new book was delivered Friday. More than halfway through. Flowing writing, cogent insights, challenging view. Great job.

-Alan Anderson yes, I finished the book!  Wow, that’s a lot to take in but I’m glad I was able to learn from you. It’s amazing to have this perspective and know that I have some great tools to utilize in my life. I took so many screenshots so I can remember the good points. Loved the points about feedback, shame resilience and vulnerability to name a few. I have been through a lot in my life, but I’m happy to say I can accept who I am. Now I can do that and build upon it. Thank you!  I’ll be rereading some parts for sure and checking out your website.

-This book is brilliant! Just finished the chapter on shame.

-A pointed guide on how to dig deep in your life. Beautifully written, packed full of insight, with moments of levity that give insight into what he means by approaching your faults with humor. So glad I read it and have no doubt I will use it as a resource in the future.

-Reading the book right now. Very excellent challenges to our assumptions about mindfulness.