Being with Dying

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-17
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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Zen teacher Halifax emphasizes that the process of dying is a rite of passage, and can be viewed as natural and not something to be denied. Here she offers stories as well as guided exercises and contemplations to help readers meditate on death without fear.

Author Biography

Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Zen priest and anthropologist who has served on the faculty of Columbia University and the University of Miami School of Medicine. For the past thirty years she has worked with dying people and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and many other academic institutions. In 1994, she founded the Project on Being with Dying, which has trained hundreds of healthcare professionals in the contemplative care of dying people.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Healing the Dividep. xv
Uncharted Territoryp. 1
A Path of Discovery: The Lucky Darkp. 3
Meditation: How Do You Want to Die?p. 6
The Heart of Meditation: Language and Silencep. 9
Meditation: Strong Back, Soft Frontp. 14
Overcoming the Porcupine Effect: Moving Past Fear into Tendernessp. 17
Meditation: Mercy-Exchanging Self with Otherp. 23
The Wooden Puppet and Iron Man: Selfless Compassion, Radical Optimismp. 25
Meditation: Contemplating Our Prioritiesp. 33
At Home in the Infinite: Dwelling in the Boundless Abodesp. 37
Meditation: Boundless Abodes for Living and Dyingp. 45
You Are Already Dying: Realizing Impermanence, Selflessness, and Freedomp. 47
Meditation: The Nine Contemplationsp. 54
Giving No Fearp. 61
Fictions that Hinder and Heal: Facing Truth and Finding Meaningp. 63
Meditation: Bearing Witness to Two Truthsp. 67
The Two Arrows: I Am in Pain and I Am Not Sufferingp. 71
Meditation: Encountering Painp. 78
Giving No Fear: Transforming Poison into Medicinep. 81
Meditation: Giving and Receiving through Tonglenp. 88
Take Care of Your Life, Take Care of the "World: Seeing My Own Limits with Compassionp. 93
Meditation: Boundless Caringp. 99
The Jeweled Net: Communities of Carep. 101
Meditation: The Circle of Truthp. 107
Wounded Healers: The Shadow Side of Caregivingp. 113
Meditation: Four Profound Remindersp. 122
Making a Whole Clothp. 125
Doorways to Truth: From Fear to Liberationp. 127
Meditation: Walking Meditationp. 133
Embracing the Road: How We Remember, Assess, Express, and Find Meaningp. 137
Meditation: Letting Go through the Breathp. 142
Between Life, Between People: How We Forgive, Reconcile, Express Gratitude, and Lovep. 145
Meditation: Boundless Abodes for Transforming Relationshipsp. 149
The Great Matter: There is Mo One Right Wayp. 151
Meditation: Encountering Deathp. 159
The Broken Pine Branch: Deaths of Acceptance and Liberationp. 163
Meditation: Dissolution of the Elements after Deathp. 172
Gratitude for the Vessel: Care of the Body after Deathp. 179
Meditation: Charnel Ground Meditationp. 185
River of Loss: The Plunge of Sorrowp. 189
Meditation: Encountering Griefp. 195
Afterword: Being One with Dyingp. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 203
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