Since its beginning, Buddhism has been intimately concerned with
confronting and understanding death and dying. Indeed, the tradition
emphasizes turning toward the realities of sickness, old age, and
death—and using those very experiences to develop wisdom and liberating
compassion. In recent decades, Buddhist chaplains and caregivers all
over the world have been drawing on this tradition to contribute greatly
to the development of modern palliative and hospice care in the secular
world at large. Specifically Buddhist hospice programs have been
further developing and applying traditional Buddhist practices of
preparing for death, attending the dying, and comforting the bereaved.
Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved contains
comprehensive overviews of the best of such initiatives, drawn from
diverse Buddhist traditions, and written by practitioners who embody the
best of contemporary Buddhist hospice care programs practiced all over
the world today.
Contributors include Carl B. Becker, Moichiro Hayashi, Yozo Taniyama,
Mari Sengoku, Phaisan Visalo, Beth Kanji Goldring, Caroline Prasada
Brazier, Joan Jiko Halifax, and Julie Chijo Hanada.
305 pages. Paperback.