On Death and Dying - a new section in June of '07
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I remember once talking to Suzuki Roshi and Okusan, his wife, about dying or death, something in that area. Don't remember how we got into it. What I remember is them both making the point that they've found Americans to be quite open about discussing death, not so afraid of it, that Japanese aren't like that at all, are in general very afraid of death and don't want to discuss it. I was really surprised to hear them say that. I still think, really? - dc [posted in DC Brief Memories]
2-18-12 - Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium on Palliative and End of Life Care
4-27-10 - Chimps Grieve Over Dead Relatives in Science mag of AAAS and Chimps grieve - in the Herald Sun - posted here in the Death and Dying section with implications for Santhara (fasting as death approaches) and Fauna Ahimsa (minimizing harm to animals) as well.
10-10-08 - Former Ganden Tripa Stays on 'Thukdam' for 18 Days - Thanks Cheryl
Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on
Death and Rebirth
5-11-08 - Preparing the mind for death - the Theravada Approach by Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu. - thanks to Ron Browning.
1-24-08 - Thanks to dear old friend Willem Malten, proprietor of Cloud Cliff Bakery-Cafe-Artspace in Santa Fe for this link to a video of poetry by Stephen Levine - on YouTube with more Levine videos there if you wish.
6-22-07 - Jack Van Allen's Cremation Ceremony
6-22-07 - An Interested Reader suggests reading an account of Chogye Trichen Rinpoche's passing from Blazing Splendor and writes:
Would you want to put anybody into the flames (or whatever) if the last vestige of awareness were not extinguished? I think of it like that - that being meditators we spend sometimes our whole lives cultivating the development of awareness or as some might say finding access to the dharmadhatu realm only to find out that it lingers in the physical body alot longer than we'd imagined. Gives me pause to stop and think a bit about what we're doing..
I think its the warmth at the heart chakra remaining so long for developed meditators that really has me wondering. When Chogyam Trungpa died they allowed his tukdam to go on as they did with the Karmapa. If you see the video "The Lion's Roar", (you can rent this at 'Open Secret' in San Rafael, CA) you can hear the Karmapa's western doctor (who married Chogyam's widow after Chogyam passed away, btw) talk about how there was warmth at the heart chakra for days after his supposed demise and that it just wasn't possible from a western medical perspective. Plus if you read the article about Chogye Trichen, they talk about how the body had no signs of decay or smell for the entire time of his tukdam - 16 days!- I don't know about you but that says something to me.
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