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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 blckman 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 dignity. Graceful Exits offers eexits guidance in the form of stories recounting the ways in which Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters, both ancient and modern, 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, Blackman provides inspiration and nourishment to blsckman truly concerned with the fundamental issues of life and death.
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Please try again later. They put death in it’s proper perspective.
She died a month and a half after finishing the book. One person found this helpful. What an extraordinary idea for a book. The author has done us a great service by sharing with us the experiences of many Spiritual Masters as they prepared for death. Death they say, is not death but liberation, and it should be approached with simplicity and discipline. The Teachers profiled here had definitely mastered those two things. But they often did not leave many words of inspiration.
Instead, they merely said a few words to their students, sat in the lotus position, and peacefully died. There is much food for thought in the book, though. I think I found the author’s own story just as compelling as those of the great Masters. She, more than the others, conveyed a warmth and understanding that moved me. She had to deal with the deaths of her parents, and the sudden realization that she, too, was dying.
She managed to find humor, compassion and beauty in gracefuo final days. We should all be so lucky. I think I will read this book many times.
This book could create a tipping point in consciousness around death. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. One of the most inspiring books about a topic that is normally treated with the most unconsciousness. The stories are really beautiful. This book reminds us all of our own potential to die at peace, in love, sushi,a joy and with grace.
That is all our human potential. This project sets out to inspire millions of people to set the goal for their own lives of dying complete and fulfilled and happy. As we discover in the book these amazing great beings had prepared for death their whole lives by living with great clarity, and deep understanding about life.
As we aspire to emulate them we also live life with more joy. The legacy we leave behind is similar to the legacies told in the book, beautiful teachings, heartfelt connections and inspiration. I recommend you read the book regularly to embrace the idea that you too could die in this way. Let this book serve as a guidepost for you. This is a beautiful book of stories of the deaths or mahasamadhis exist great beings. Each story is extraordinary and evocative. Shows the transcendent experiences of the highest of the high.
Very well-written and highly recommended. Ironically, there were of these “Graceful Exits” listed and, in the art of numerology, that number adds up blackmaj a “9”. The number “9” translates to “a completion” and it was after all, snippets of life’s completion Many of these death endings of the Great masters and exite were interesting and some even comical. Dying is perhaps the most personal event of our lives or rather the ending of our livesand the ability to deal with that event in a graceful manner takes a special individual, no doubt!
I realize that the author was paving the road of acceptance for her own death and these stories were a means of allowing her to gracefully exit her own life.
I truly applaud her writing and ability to put such a collection together for herself and others who follow.
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die: Death Stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen Masters
However, after reading these stories one after another, the uniqueness seemed to loose some of it’s potency and had a tendency to become lost in the overall mixture. Perhaps, fewer stories and more concentration on “how they lived” would have illuminated and enhanced the power of “how they died. This is a collection of traditional stories about the deaths of advanced spiritual masters of the far east. It is not an instruction manual on how-to-die.
It contains a wide variety of stories, and includes an after-note by the author about 3 weeks before her own death from terminal cancer. Quite worth the read for westerners, for whom this sort of death is largely unknown and even inconceivable. A spiritual guide that takes away the fear that most have of this very natural process that we all must go through. My friends have read it also.
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