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  Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
By: Joan Halifax

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


 
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Author: Joan Halifax
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781570624698
Publication Date: 2008

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When Zen teacher Joan Halifax first started working with the dying, it didn't come easily or naturally for her. "Working so closely with death often scared me," she reports. "I was afraid I might get what the dying person had. When I recognized, however, that I already have what dying people have mortality I stopped being afraid of catching it." This insight has been foundational in her nearly forty years of working with people facing the dying process. Understanding that the category of "the dying" ultimately includes all of us, Joan makes no distinction in her teaching, whether it's addressed to those who happen to be dying right now or to those who happen to be their caregivers. Bringing mindfulness to the process is the key in either situation. The Buddhist wisdom she presents for approaching the end of life has proven beneficial for people of all religious backgrounds, as is demonstrated in the often deeply moving stories she recounts of people she has worked with. She also provides a wealth of practical advice for care giving, and guided meditations aimed at helping readers to face death without fear, to develop a commitment to helping others, and to transform suffering and resistance into courage.

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