Being with Dying Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

ISBN-10: 1590307186

ISBN-13: 9781590307182

Edition: 2014

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Description: Inspiring teachings, personal stories, and meditations for being with a dying person and contemplating the transformative power of death, by a Zen teacher who has worked with the dying for thirty years. The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgroundsas has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax's decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Here Joan shares her experiences and wisdom from her Being with Dying project based on Buddhist principles. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same. Her seasoned, realistic approach to caring for and being present with people in the last stages of life is especially encouraging.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.07" wide x 9.00" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.968

Foreword
Introduction: Healing the Divide
Uncharted Territory
A Path of Discovery: The Lucky Dark
Meditation: How Do You Want to Die?
The Heart of Meditation: Language and Silence
Meditation: Strong Back, Soft Front
Overcoming the Porcupine Effect: Moving Past Fear into Tenderness
Meditation: Mercy-Exchanging Self with Other
The Wooden Puppet and Iron Man: Selfless Compassion, Radical Optimism
Meditation: Contemplating Our Priorities
At Home in the Infinite: Dwelling in the Boundless Abodes
Meditation: Boundless Abodes for Living and Dying
You Are Already Dying: Realizing Impermanence, Selflessness, and Freedom
Meditation: The Nine Contemplations
Giving No Fear
Fictions that Hinder and Heal: Facing Truth and Finding Meaning
Meditation: Bearing Witness to Two Truths
The Two Arrows: I Am in Pain and I Am Not Suffering
Meditation: Encountering Pain
Giving No Fear: Transforming Poison into Medicine
Meditation: Giving and Receiving through Tonglen
Take Care of Your Life, Take Care of the "World: Seeing My Own Limits with Compassion
Meditation: Boundless Caring
The Jeweled Net: Communities of Care
Meditation: The Circle of Truth
Wounded Healers: The Shadow Side of Caregiving
Meditation: Four Profound Reminders
Making a Whole Cloth
Doorways to Truth: From Fear to Liberation
Meditation: Walking Meditation
Embracing the Road: How We Remember, Assess, Express, and Find Meaning
Meditation: Letting Go through the Breath
Between Life, Between People: How We Forgive, Reconcile, Express Gratitude, and Love
Meditation: Boundless Abodes for Transforming Relationships
The Great Matter: There is Mo One Right Way
Meditation: Encountering Death
The Broken Pine Branch: Deaths of Acceptance and Liberation
Meditation: Dissolution of the Elements after Death
Gratitude for the Vessel: Care of the Body after Death
Meditation: Charnel Ground Meditation
River of Loss: The Plunge of Sorrow
Meditation: Encountering Grief
Afterword: Being One with Dying
Acknowledgments
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