- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1614291195
- ISBN-13: 978-1614291190
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care Paperback – May 24, 2016
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“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Awake at the Bedside supports this development of love and compassion.” (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
“This nourishing book should be required reading for any compassionate caregiver engaged in fostering healing in themselves, clients, loved ones and society. It envisions revolutionary change in how we care for ourselves and the world.” (Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging)
“Profoundly moving, inspiring and helpful, Awake at the Bedside is a real treasure.” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart)
“Marvelous. A compilation of essential treasures exploring the face and feeling of utter engagement, compassion, and wisdom in turning toward death.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
“Moving and informative—this is a much-needed book! Put into practice, the wisdom of Awake at the Bedside could transform end-of-life care in America.” (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness)
“Awake at the Bedside brings together an extraordinary group of teachers who share their wisdom and insights into the great issue of our lives: how to understand the dying process in a way that allows for grace and peace.” (Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness)
“The essence of palliative care—and our whole health-care system needs a prescription for this medicine. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.” (Dr. R. Sean Morrison, director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute)
“A beacon in the dark night of our healthcare system today. This is a must-read.” (Donna Karan, fashion designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation)
“Weaving together the wisdom of ancient traditions and the experience of those in the caring professions today, Awake at the Bedside is a deeply moving, poetic and practical guide to those caring for and the dying.” (Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism)
“In the practice of medicine in the U.S., the act of dying has been completely separated from the care of the patient, yet this process can give one the deepest of gifts—an insight into what living a life really means. This wonderful volume will not only relieve our anxiety and fear but will allow us to embrace what is at the end of the path; it will allow our own awakening.” (James R. Doty, MD, founder and director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education)
About the Author
Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America, which delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School.
Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. More than 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. Koshin is a popular keynote speaker for national conferences, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, and others. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is the author of chapters in Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience (Routledge, 2009) as well as in The Arts of Contemplative Care (Wisdom Publications, 2012). He is a Soto Zen Teacher, ACPE supervisor, and Jungian psychotherapist.
Matt Weingast, MFA began his first experiences with meditation when he was twenty. After serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, Matt traveled for a few years in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Thailand, and India. He studied and taught at UMass-Amherst, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. He currently lives at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, where he continues to work, study, and practice. After taking care of a dear friend at the end of his life, Matt experienced the depth of connection between meditation practice and caregiving.
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Koshin Ellison is a Zen priest, whose compassion is evident in this illuminating but painful to read book. The difficulties in dealing with demented, delusional, and often hostile parents are starkly laid out, along with some examples of how to deal with those difficulties. Thankfully, Ellison's generosity of spirit helps us deal with the difficulties of reading his book.
Aging is not a pretty nor an easy process, especially as we approach end of life. Some manage it more gracefully than others, but some are stricken with senility, multiple medical problems, and financial challenges. This can be seen as a burden, or it may be seen as an opportunity for spiritual practice and growth.
I highly recommend this book for its honesty and warmth, but don't be surprised if you don't finish it. There is only so much "bad news" one can take, and the truth about aging is a harsh one---one the Buddha cited as an example of the First Noble Truth: suffering.
generally keep books. This was well worth the price.