The Art of Dying

July 11, 2016 Death Awareness

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The Art of Dying
by S.N. Goenka

A thoughtful look at the greatest challenge facing each of us: death, whether our own or a loved one’s.

Weaving together material from many sources, this collection provides a context for understanding death and experiencing it with awareness and equanimity. Here are passages from the Pali texts, writings of S.N. Goenka, poems, theoretical expositions, and questions and answers.

But perhaps the most compelling parts are the sections by or about meditators confronting the end of life. With humility, tenderness and often a smile, they learn to accept their own impermanence, suffering and non-self. Their courage and compassion give every Vipassana meditator an example to which we can aspire.

 

This collection of writings—Goenkaji’s explanations of the teaching of the Buddha, the Buddha’s scriptural verses, poetical stories of monks and nuns from the time of the Buddha, accounts from fellow meditators—is born of the acceptance of the truth of suffering. It contains inspiring examples of people gaining strength and a taste of freedom through their practice, and demonstrates convincingly the efficacy of the Path, the way out of misery.

These stories not only help to sustain and strengthen established Vipassana meditators in their quest, but also to encourage others searching for peace and understanding to take up the practice of getting to “know thyself” truly, on an experiential level—to develop their own wisdom.

 

Endorsements

A thoughtful look at the greatest challenge facing each of us: death, whether our own or a loved one’s. Weaving together material from many sources, this collection provides a context for understanding death and experiencing it with awareness and equanimity. Here are passages from the Pali texts, writings of S.N. Goenka, poems, theoretical expositions, and questions and answers. But perhaps the most compelling parts are the sections by or about meditators confronting the end of life. With humility, tenderness and often a smile, they learn to accept their own impermanence, suffering and non-self. Their courage and compassion give every Vipassana meditator an example to which we can aspire.
—William Hart, author, The Art of Living

I was inspired by the stories of ordinary people who faced death with exemplary poise and courage, and who attributed this gift to Vipassana meditation.
—Paul R. Fleischman, author, Wonder, Cultivating Inner Peace

…Brings a piercing light to a universal reality too often darkened by ignorance, fear and mythology. Alternately intelligent and moving, instructive and poetic, scientific and devotional, it examines its important subject from a variety of angles in its quest to explain—and accept—the great mystery of death. That it does so in such a concise and readable way is truly remarkable.
—Ron Graham, award-winning Canadian author and journalist

I imagine there is no better way to experience the end of life—apart from meditating or living it oneself—than to read these beautiful stories.
—Rivers Cuomo, lead singer, Weezer

Disclaimer: Use of the information and data is to bring awareness of death and dying. Spirare does not own the information or profit from its use.  Source: Paryatti , Dhamma Books 

Words of Inspiration

"Educating people on death and dying, and reducing their fear of death is a giving of fearlessness."
Venerable Wuling

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