You’re diagnosed with an aggressive cancer – what do you do?
Devamitra – English actor and Buddhist teacher – describes the discomforts and indignities of being treated for prostate cancer. He also draws on the deep well of his Buddhist practice to work with his mind and meet fear, uncertainty and frailty with resolve. It is an entertaining read, full of wit and fantastically funny dialogue. If you or someone you know is facing a cancer diagnosis, this book will help light your way.
In this short video clip, Devamitra explains why he wrote Entertaining Cancer.
'Devamitra has written a compelling book about his cancer journey that straddles a wide range of emotions: gruelling, funny, poignant and uplifting. You are drawn into his world as he undergoes particularly challenging treatment, whilst always maintaining a uniquely wry, even amused, perspective on life and death.' – Vidyamala Burch, co-founder of Breathworks, author of Living Well with Pain and Illness and Mindfulness for Health
'This is a remarkable book – honest, lucid, unflinching, funny and radical in its willingness to confront the facts of life and death. Devamitra tells the story of prostate cancer, and how his Buddhist practice met the challenges of diagnosis and treatment, even how cancer led to the deepening of his practice and his love of life.' – Maitreyabandhu, author of Life with Full Attention and The Journey and the Guide
'Quite often stories about cancer are framed in terms of a battle. This isn’t always helpful, as it implies that disease progression means defeat or failure. Devamitra frames his account with interweaving themes of struggle, victory and setback, but also of calm and insight. We hear this story flavoured with his deep engagement with Buddhist teachings and practice, and his devotion to his teacher.' – William Stones, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and researcher in global health
‘Who would have thought that having cancer could be so instructive, and at times so amusing? Devamitra writes of his experiences with a style unique to him: beautifully crafted, engaging, witty, poignant, reflective and always disarmingly honest. Devamitra faces his test as a Buddhist, but he wears his Buddhism lightly, even though it is Buddhism that guides him through it.’ – Subhuti, author of Mind in Harmony