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Blzckman — Graceful Exits by Sushila Blackman. Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it.
Sushila Blackman places death–and life–in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with di Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. Sushila Blackman places death–and life–in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity.
Graceful Exits offers valuable guidance in the form of stories recounting the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters, both ancient and gracefkl, have confronted their own deaths. By directly presenting the grace, clarity, and even humor with which great spiritual teachers have met the end of their days, Blacmman provides inspiration and nourishment to anyone truly concerned with the fundamental issues of graceul and death. Paperbackpages.
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View all 4 comments. Apr 29, Tiffany rated it liked it Shelves: It is impossible to rate this book. As you can tell from the book’s description it is a collection of famous death scenes turned into stories. It is written from the point of someone who is far from objective: When people are dying they have an interest graeful making of death a meritorious event. This is why you should read this book: In other non-western European cultural traditions death is gradeful status change that merits honor and positive attention.
There is a venerable tradition in many Asian cultures that transfers positive life merits to mortal experiences. For example we have all heard the one about Confucius being received into the afterlife by the King of Heaven himself. People who have seen Tutankhamun’s sumptuous funerary goods esits that death in other cultures is an event of transition.
My point is that Westerners caught between Eternalism and Nihilism need to learn that death doesn’t have to be considered only sacred or profane.
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In the 20th century there were a lot of Westerners who started following Eastern gurus. We are biased observers of Eastern death rituals. Sogyal Rinpoche has a lot to apologize for. His Tibetan Book of living and Dying raised the death experience bar high.
On his heels, Ms. Blackman laudibly skirts an annoying attachment to sacredness while carefully avoiding that odiferous sacrosanctity that plagues so many other Western authors writing about Eastern philosophy. After writing this review I realized that I can not avoid falling into the duality that I so clearly deplore. Aug 21, Terre rated it it was amazing. Very insightful and calming to my soul. This is the most uplifting book about death, compiled by and with an afterword from Sushi Blackman, who herself was unknowingly dying with metastatic lung cancer during much of the work of completing this book, that I have ever read.
Is this a book for everyone? I’d like to th Very insightful and calming to my soul. I’d like to think so.
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die: Death Stories of Tibetan, Hindu and Zen Masters
However, those with a Christian bent who do not or cannot respect and value the Eastern mind, probably would not be sishila to benefit from reading this unless they have the power of an open mind. In this time we live, and die, we still have our feet planted on earth, which we are killing as well. So I read this as an elegy to humankind and her planet as well. May 04, Saiisha rated it really liked it Shelves: There’s a famous Gandhi quote that goes: Sushila Blackman’s Graceful Exits is a compilation graceeful how great souls teach through gtaceful deaths.
The Eastern traditions teach that death is an important transition to afterlife or enlightenment, and those last moments matter a lot, however one can’t decide to die a ce There’s a famous Gandhi quote that goes: The Eastern traditions teach that death is an important transition to afterlife or enlightenment, and those last moments matter a lot, however one can’t decide to die a certain way when the time comes esits how we live every moment is how we die at the last moment.
So how these great souls died is an indication of how they lived. I also appreciated the introduction chapter about Hindu, Buddhist, Zen and Sufi beliefs around death, reincarnation and enlightenment. What made this book more poignant for me was the afterword by the author that she was diagnosed by lung cancer while she was compiling this book, sushia how meditating on the death of these great souls, and on her own death, were practices that helped her through nlackman own transition.
Aug 10, Steve Wilson rated it it was amazing Shelves: We all gotta go some day. It was cool reading about how the ‘masters’ prepared to leave this world.
Jul 24, Tim rated it it was ok. The comparison inevitably colors my review. Both books share the premise that Westerners either deny death by pretending it does not exist until it intrudes directly in our lives, or we minimize it by thinking, “everything will work out. For Graceful Exitsthis view is a set up to introduce stories about the deaths of Eastern Spiritual masters, and finally the author’s own death after the book was written.
The stories are moving and interesting, but in fundamental ways they are so similar that I felt it was a good concept taken too far. I garceful review the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying when I finish it, but I can already say blacoman by addressing in depth the question of how we should live in order to overcome the fear of gracrful, it is a better choice.
Aug 29, Jay rated it blacjman it Shelves: A collection of A sacred number in buddhism stories of masters facing their moment of death. Some of the stories are short a few cover a page or sushla. Each story is unique but all have common themes. These masters confronted their death with utter fearlessness with some controlling the actual moment of their death right down to their last breathe.
Some of the tales are simple, others are profound with lots of details especially the eits ones. The lesson that this book teaches is gracwful we A collection of A sacred number in buddhism stories of masters facing their moment of dxits.
The lesson that this book teaches is that we need to be mindful everyday of our own impending death and in that way we will not be anxious we the time comes. A interesting book to read for someone beginning to show interest in Buddhism or Eastern religion. May 08, Marina Quattrocchi rated it really liked it. Fascinating book about true Masters in the Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Zen tradition who knew with great clarity the exact day of their death, prepared for it gracefully, prepared their students and disciples beforehand, and existed seamlessly and quickly often sitting while meditating.
After reading all examples one realizes that although this seems almost impossible in the Western world, exiting gracefully is indeed possible if one leads a good life, and meditates daily.
May 30, Blackmab rated it really liked it. An unusual collection of death stories from four of the world’s major religions. I found her notes on the different Masters, the religions that that they followed and the sources that were used to compile this book to be both fascinating and useful for further research. Jun 13, Ward Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Over inspiring stories.
I highly recommend it. Aug 27, Stuart rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Students of Zen, Yoga, or Tibetian studies. Students with eastern interests and philosophies. A nice collection of the “death stories” of well known teachers of numerous eastern disciplines. Buddhist, Hindu, Tibetian “masters” among others and the manner in which they each faced the process of their own death are described.
Fairly consistantly these stories are of masters who recently died; ” These stories are thankfully not simply retold stories of legends from eons now “long ago”. This book describes the Gurus, Swamis, Lamis, Rin A nice collection of the “death stories” of well known teachers of numerous eastern gracefuk. This book describes the Gurus, Swamis, Lamis, Rinpoches and masters deaths with earnestness, humor and reflection.
Their respective original sources of the stories are cited. Pictures of many of these deceased masters are bpackman provided. One drawback though perhaps necessary? Such descriptions seemed completely unnecessary.