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Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die (Death stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters) Paperback – May 10, 2005
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Blackman narrates the death stories of over 100 Tibetan, Hindu, and Zen masters, ancient and modern. The striking element in these accounts is a sense of being fully prepared to meet death. Blackman grappled with lung cancer and came to peace with her own fears about death as she compiled this book, completed only a few months before she died. As Blackman notes, the Judaeo-Christian perspective of death is not represented here, but this fills a demand for inspirational books about death and Eastern spirituality.
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"The striking element in these accounts is a sense of being fully prepared to meet death. Blackman grappled with lung cancer and came to peace with her own fears about death as she compiled this book, completed only a few months before she died."—Library Journal
"Written in lucid prose, the book is a training manual for making graceful exits from this life."—Publishers Weekly
"Not since the ground-breaking work of Kubler-Ross on death and dying has there been such a much needed compilation of inspirational stories and examples of how to prepare oneself for the inevitable."—Midwestern Book Review
"This beautiful little book is a gem. It contributes to our understanding that we are truly timeless."—Deepak Chopra, M.D.
"A magical little volume. It reveals with simplicity and lucidity how wise and compassionate living leads to a wise and compassionate death."—Glenn H. Mullin, author of Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition
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This book is one of the prompts for me to create a project called Re-Imagining Death, and the site Happy At Death.
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. It is possible. Let this book serve as a guidepost for you.
Again, this is a remarkable book and I would recommend to anyone who desires to learn about and hear other voices which may not be so familiar but bring forth the universal desire and unity we all want in the end.
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