Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts


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Provides a practical guide for those facing disease and death by helping them to access the ageless wisdom of the Buddha’s teaching.

Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Silver Book Awards in the category Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought

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These teachings invite us to integrate their guidance directly into the laboratory of our own meditation practice and life, in the spirit of deep investigation and inquiry. As committed meditation practitioners know first hand, there is no more worthy or meaningful introspective undertaking in the world, nor a more difficult challenge for human beings to adopt and sustain throughout life.- from the Foreword, Jon Kabat-Zinn, co-editor (with Mark Williams) of Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on Its Meaning, Origins, and Applications

I believe the Buddha would rejoice in this book and exhort all of us to read it and apply the ‘medicine’ within. This will help to bring about the deepest healing of all – the healing of the mind and the heart – even if we are slipping over the final frontier of death itself. What greater gift could we ever be given? Truly, this is a remarkable and wonderful book. - Vidyamala Burch, author of Living Well with Pain and Illness and co-author Mindfulness for Health, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Breathworks

In this wonderfully accessible and compassionate book Bhikkhu Anālayo illuminates classic Buddhist teachings and offers practical counsel for facing death with clarity and kindness. - Frank Ostaseski, co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, founder of the Metta Institute

An invaluable and extraordinary resource on the profound teachings by the Buddha on dying, death, and grieving. - Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

This is an indispensable book for serious students of Buddhism. It has the potential to transform the lives of everyone who reads it. - Toni Bernhard, author of How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide

I am personally very grateful to Ven. Anālayo for all his work in bringing together the early sources of the Buddha’s teachings and painstakingly examining all possible interpretations from a range of versions (not only Pali, but Chinese and Tibetan) in a way that allows for alternative interpretations and approaches. This enables a reader like myself (from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition) to examine the texts with a sense of ever deepening knowledge and understanding both of the early sources as well as of my own tradition. - Lama Shenpen Hookham, author of There Is More to Dying Than Death, founder of the Awakened Heart Sangha, UK

Bhikkhu Anālayo's wonderful work will prove of great value not only to professionals working with chronic pain management and hospice service, but also provides very useful and practical insights for spiritual people of all traditions. - Glenn Mullin, author of Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition

1 review for Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts

  1. ratnachuda

    I have just completed reading this book and have found it one of the best Dhamma books I have read since I began in 1989 with the Dhammapada
    Anālayo has a unique and meaningful way of communicating the words of the Buddha that’s easily understood. Carefully following the steps in the book, progress to Insight without the necessity of any outside visualisation. One has it all in the body and breath just as the Buddha followed in becoming Enlightened.

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