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The American Way of Death Revisited

The American Way of Death Revisited
by Jessica Mitford

Celebrations of Death : The Anthropology of Mortuary Rituals
by Peter Metcalf, Richard Huntington (Editor)

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The Tibetan Book of Living and DyingThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

A new spiritual classic from one of the foremost interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the west.

An acclaimed spiritual masterpiece, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is a manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition. Sogyal Rinpoche delivers a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path. This jewel of Tibetan wisdom is the definitive new spiritual classic for our times.

In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death. It is up to the reader to walk through. --Brian Bruya

"As a guide to the Tibetan tradition and its insights into life and death, Sogyal Rinpoche is without peer. . . . Sogyal Rinpoche. . . has delivered the Tibetan equivalent of 'The Divine Comedy.' One could imagine that this is what Dante might have written had he been a Buddhist metaphysician rather than a Christian poet." -- New York Times Book Review

"Rinpoche's teachings have much to offer. . . . His down-to-earth tone, peppered with songs and poetry from Buddhist sages, takes away much of the intense fear of death and makes it seem like an old friend." -- Los Angeles Times

"A magnificent achievement. In its power to touch the heart, to awaken consciousness, it is an inestimable gift." -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

About the Author
Sogyal Rinpoche was born in Tibet and raised by one of the most revered spiritual masters of this century, Jmyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. He travels and lectures throughout the world and is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist groups and centers.

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This web page is an attempt to offer readers resources on the topic of death and dying. Not vampires, gargoyles, the dark side of life or things that go bump in the night. Just death and dying, with a side trip to reaction.

  

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Thanatolog Andrei Demichev - About Death At Work

Modern Russian philosopher from Sankt-Petersburg (RUSSIA) Andrei Demichev investigates a problem of death.

  

The Theme of Death in Contemporary Russian Culture

Andrei Demichev

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We have now two quite opposite of mind in nowadays Russian mentality. The first of produces optimist revivalist expectations in the culture and so is directed from the past to the future; another one is painted with ironic discordance and "post - modernist fatigue" and so oriented to cultural excavation of the past. The first gives rise to numerous renovation projects and strategies, the second makes accent on the necessity to recognize that the culture has its limits and that we have to give up the hope to find any new "erogenous zones" of the culture. The theme of the death, so important in post - modernist discussion ("death of culture", "death of philosophy", "death of man", 'death of author", etc.), becomes dominating in modern Russian mentality, Russian intellectuals even tend to think this an evidence of competency and bon tone. The situation is in sharp contrast with very recent time, where the death was completely forgotten and prohibited by communist ideology; we have now, for example, such a kind of the art as so - called necrorealism, where the late stages of body decomposition. "All social atmosphere is now polluted with the thanatomania. Indifference toward human beings has led to indifference toward the death itself and to its disqualification" (V. A. Podoroga). In the Western countries, this post - modernist mortal intention has its roots in the situation of "supermarket", i.s. excess consumption, excess information, etc.; in Russia, our deficit reality makes the interest in the death really dramatic. Post - modernism in poor society is rather strange and unpredictable thing...

 

Traditional Cree Philosophy: Death, Bereavement and Healing

Linda Jaine and Louise Halfe

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Cree people believe in Spirits visions and dreams. They are mediums through which we attempt to enlighten our understanding of the world in which we exist. And if we develop them properly, we find our answers.

Each of the Creator's gifts, particularly animals and humans, possess a Spirit. Because the Spirit is eternal we know that when we die, it is only a physical death and our journey continues on.

Traditional Cree spirituality also strongly reinforces the principle of a circle of life, the essence of which is found in Spirit. One who finds honor in the circle of birth, infancy, childhood, youth maturity and old age, can also find honor in death. Although the body undergoes physical transformations, the Spirit remains unchanged. When the body is no longer viable the spirit ascends into another realm...

 

Philosophy for an `age of death': The critique of science and technology in Heidegger and Nishitani

By Steven Heine

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Responding to what Tanabe Hajime has called the current "age of death, "(1) Martin Heidegger and Nishitani Keiji present an ontological critique of the origins and deficiencies of science and technology. They analyze and attempt to overcome the apparent global hegemony and potentially catastrophic destructiveness of the scientific era. Heidegger and Nishitani charge that science and technology represent a derivative or objectifying development of primordial truth that partially expresses yet inevitably conceals its source. Both thinkers insist that modern science be transformed or appropriately recovered by the disclosure of an ontology. that is nonsubstantive and nonobjectifiable in revealing holistic, contextual events consisting of interrelated, functional components rather than particularized, independent entities. The ontology must also be nonconceptualizable and nondifferentiable by encompassing the conventional oppositions of man and nature, subject and object, and life and death...

 

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