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Being with dying : cultivating compassion and fearlessness in the presence of death

Author: Joan Halifax; Ira Byock
Publisher: Boston ; Boulder : Shambhala Publishers, ©2009.
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Zen teacher Joan Halifax has been helping both the dying and their caregivers to face death with courage and compassion for three decades. Here, Joan offers the fruits of her work, providing comfort, inspiration, and practical skills for all those who are in the process of dying or who are charged with a dying person's care. Her teaching, based on Buddhist principles, emphasizes that we have the ability to open up  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Halifax; Ira Byock
ISBN: 9781590307182 1590307186 9781570624698 1570624690
OCLC Number: 264043405
Description: xix, 204 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Uncharted territory. A path of discovery : the lucky dark --
The heart of meditation : language and silence --
Overcoming the porcupine effect : moving past fear into tenderness --
The wooden puppet and iron man : selfless compassion, radical optimism --
At home in the infinite : dwelling in the boundless abodes --
You are already dying : realizing impermanence, selflessness, and freedom. pt. 2. Giving no fear. Fiction that hinder and heal : facing truth and finding meaning --
The two arrows : I am in pain and I am not suffering --
Giving no fear : transforming poison into medicine --
Take care of your life, take care of the world : seeing my own limits with compassion --
The jeweled net : communities of care --
Wounded healers : the shadow side of caregiving. pt. 3. Making a whole cloth. Doorways to truth : from fear to liberation --
Embracing the road : how we remember, assess, express, and find meaning --
Between life, between people : how we forgive, reconcile, express gratitude, and love --
The great matter : there is no one right way --
The broken pine branch : deaths of acceptance and liberation --
Gratitude for the vessel : care of the body after death --
River of loss : the plunge of sorrow. Afterword : being one with dying.
Responsibility: Joan Halifax ; foreward by Ira Byock.

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Zen teacher Joan Halifax has been helping both the dying and their caregivers to face death with courage and compassion for three decades. Here, Joan offers the fruits of her work, providing comfort, inspiration, and practical skills for all those who are in the process of dying or who are charged with a dying person's care. Her teaching, based on Buddhist principles, emphasizes that we have the ability to open up to and rely on our inner strength, and we can help others who are suffering to do the same. Joan offers stories from her personal experience as well as guided exercises and contemplations to help readers meditate on death without fear, develop a commitment to helping others, and transform suffering and resistance into courage.--From publisher description.

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