Rodney Smith Lessons from the Dying

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Lessons from the Dying

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9780861711406: Lessons from the Dying

Rediscover the mystery and wonder of life through gentle reflections on death and dying.
What can death teach the living? Former monk and hospice worker Rodney Smith teaches us that through intimately considering our own inevitable end we can reawaken to the sublime miracle of life we so often take for granted. A well of stories, personal anecdotes, and direct advice gleaned from years of working with the dying in their final moments, Lessons from the Dying helps us redefine our conception of what it means to truly live. Each chapter contains guided reflections and exercises that allow the reader to integrate the wisdom in its pages more fully into their lives. With a sense of compassion, Lessons from the Dying provides all the tools of mind one needs to rediscover, in this very moment, the mystery and wonder of a lifetime.
From the foreword by Joseph Goldstein: "Lessons from the Dying could also be called "lessons for the living" because of the courageous honesty revealed in so many of the stories told here. These accounts reflect back to us our own attitudes toward death and love, and they prompt us to examine the way we are living our lives right now. In the busyness of our lives we rarely take time to consider our mortality and the implications that it might have for the choices we make. Yet when we do cultivate this awareness it becomes a powerful force for wise discrimination."

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"In "Lessons from the Dying", Rodney Smith shares with clarity and compassion 15 years of insights and skillful means learned from working with the dying. Schooled in Buddhist meditation, Rodney brings clarity and a straightforward approach to these 'lessons' which makes them quite practical for the deepening of the mind as well as the broadening of the heart. He offers to the dying first, and the rest of us by association, an increase in loving presence."--Stephen Levine, author of Meetings on the Edge and Who Dies?

"Filled with his wise and rich experience, this is a valuable book of practice, stories and meditations."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"In this book, the richness of Rodney's years of meditation practice combine with his years of working with those dying and those left behind. It is a clear, practical and compassionate combination. The book rests on Rodney's profound dedication to the truth, which shines through in the text, the stories, the reflections and the exercises."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

""Lessons From the Dying" could also be called 'lessons for the living' because of the courageous honesty revealed in so many of the stories told here....Rodney skillfully guides us through the subtleties and nuances of our own assumptions, hopes, and fears, and shows the possibility of living and dying with an open heart. [This book] is a wise and gentle reminder of what faces us all, a reminder that death is the great mystery that illuminates life."--Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation

""Lessons from the Dying" is a personal and heartfelt exploration of the human spirit and our inevitable encounter with death."--Joan Halifax, co-author of The Human Encounter with Death

"In "Lessons from the Dying," Rodney Smith shares with clarity and compassion 15 years of insights and skillful means learned from working with the dying. Schooled in Buddhist meditation, Rodney brings clarity and a straightforward approach to these 'lessons' which makes them quite practical for the deepening of the mind as well as the broadening of the heart. He offers to the dying first, and the rest of us by association, an increase in loving presence."--Stephen Levine, author of Meetings on the Edge and Who Dies?

"In Lessons from the Dying, Rodney Smith shares with clarity and compassion 15 years of insights and skillful means learned from working with the dying. Schooled in Buddhist meditation, Rodney brings clarity and a straightforward approach to these 'lessons' which makes them quite practical for the deepening of the mind as well as the broadening of the heart. He offers to the dying first, and the rest of us by association, an increase in loving presence."--Stephen Levine, author of Meetings on the Edge and Who Dies?

"Lessons From the Dying could also be called 'lessons for the living' because of the courageous honesty revealed in so many of the stories told here....Rodney skillfully guides us through the subtleties and nuances of our own assumptions, hopes, and fears, and shows the possibility of living and dying with an open heart. [This book] is a wise and gentle reminder of what faces us all, a reminder that death is the great mystery that illuminates life."--Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation

"Lessons from the Dying is a personal and heartfelt exploration of the human spirit and our inevitable encounter with death."--Joan Halifax, co-author of The Human Encounter with Death

About the Author:

Rodney Smith worked for over fourteen years in the field of hospice care as a hospice social worker, bereavement coordinator, program director, and executive director. He is the founding and guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self. Smith spent eight years as a Buddhist monk in Asia, where he ordained with Mahasi Sayadaw in Burma and practiced several years with Ajahn Buddhad?sa at Wat Suan Mokkh in Thailand. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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