Alejandro Chaoul received a PhD focusing on Tibetan Religions from Rice University and has been teaching Tibetan meditation and mind-body techniques under the auspices of the Ligmincha Institute in various parts of the United States, Mexico, and Poland since 1995. He is now an Assistant Professor at the McGovern Center for Humanity and Ethics at the University of Texas, Houston, with an adjunct position at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he researches the use of Tibetan mind-body techniques for cancer patients.
"Alejandro Chaoul provides a scholarly, well-informed, and illuminating introduction to choed in the Boen tradition, telling us much along the way of other aspects of Boen tantra and spiritual life, and of the wider context of the choed practices within Tibet. His work is an important contribution to our knowledge of these fascinating and attractive modes of spiritual practice."--Geoffrey Samuel, author of The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century and Civilized Shamans
"Drawing on both Tibetan primary texts and the living oral tradition, Chaoul provides us with the most complete picture yet of the history and practice of Boen choed to appear in a Western language. . . . A major contribution to the literature of both Boen and choed."--Jose Ignacio Cabezon, XIV Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara "In the last few years, the interest in choed has suddenly re-emerged, and a few books have been written about it from the Buddhist perspective. Chaoul's work on choed from the Boen's perspective could not be more timely. His thorough analysis of this syncretic and fascinating religious practice and the use of the metaphor of cutting as a way to go beyond assumed boundaries provides a broader picture of choed and sheds light on the interrelation of Buddhism and Boen."--Giacomella Orofino, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, University of Naples "Chaoul's book offers a comprehensive intellectual understanding of choed and its origins within both the Boen and Buddhist traditions, and as such will have great benefit for scholars as well as for those who wish to engage in choed as a daily ritual or meditation practice. . . . Through this ancient and profound practice, anyone who is able to recognize their own fear--whether its source is external or internal--can face that fear, challenge it, and overcome it. Ultimately fear becomes a tool to cultivate enlightened qualities. . . . An excellent contribution."--Tenzin Wangyal, author of Healing with Form, Energy, and Light and The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep "Fascinating subject. . . . Documents the unique combination of meditation and shamanic rites that go beyond ego and literally invite our most fearful aspects to the light of day. . . . This is a valuable addition to the Tibetan Buddhist library."--New Age Retailer