The Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide

The Zen of Living and Dying A Practical and Spiritual Guide To live life fully and die serenely surely we all share these goals so inextricably entwined Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes circumstances and rites of death in mode

  • Title: The Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide
  • Author: Philip Kapleau
  • ISBN: 9781570621987
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • To live life fully and die serenely surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practiceTo live life fully and die serenely surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.

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    1. Ultimately, this book isn't what the title would lead you to believe it's about - which is my primary reason for giving it only one star. While it certainly does deal with death, it does so very obliquely and spends in my opinion far too much time going over basic Buddhist teachings such as the four noble truths. While that certainly is a potential weakness of any Buddhist book, I found the fact that the author waited to move to the basic teachings until the middle of the book very disconcerting [...]

    2. While I found some of this book to be very powerful, it was painfully simplistic on some issues, such as pain management. To blithely suggest that modern medicine makes it entirely possible to be both alert and pain free no matter what your illness is laughable, even for a book written in the 80s. And the idea that the only reason people might consider euthanasia is fear of pain is also laughable--at no point did Kapleau consider the crushing financial burden that end of life care in America bri [...]

    3. A nice balance of abstract Buddhist concepts and practical advise for dealing with death. My only critcism is that it felt everything was being dealt with in a rather superficial manner; I would have liked a more in depth discussion. Still, I like Philip Kapleau's easy-to-read style here which, unlike Robert Thurman and some of the other writers of Buddhism, never gets overly intellecutal (which can distract from the beautiful simplicity of Zen).

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