The Jodo Shu Research Institutefs
Ojo and Death Project
Dying and Bereaved in the Modern World:
Edited by Jonathan Watts and Yoshiharu Tomatsu
Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan
available from Wisdom
in Japan (from Amazon Japan); rest of Asia (from INEB in Bangkok)
Buddhist understandings of death and practices developed for dying and the moment of death have been hallmarks of the tradition since its beginning in India 2,500 years ago. Over the last forty years, they have been an important part of the global revival of Buddhism, especially in the West\from the popularization of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to Zen poetry about death to Theravadan meditation on the decaying body to belief in the welcome of Amida Buddha on onefs deathbed. Relatively little is known, however, about the number of Buddhist based initiatives for caring for the dying and bereaved through the development of trained professionals and the building of facilities that have mushroomed since the late 1980s.
hospice movement marks a recovery of these aforementioned
practices of Buddhism towards death and their application in new,
conditions and societies. Indeed, the Vihara
in Japan has consciously named itself using the traditional and ancient
Buddhist term for temple, vihara.
upon this long and deep
tradition to find their own models for developing forms of Buddhist
that not only confront but also transform the many problems facing
in the world today. In this volume, we have culled over five years of
of the best and most inspired examples of Buddhist care for the dying
bereaved from all over the world, covering the entire Buddhist
essays from the Theravada tradition in Thailand and Cambodia; the
tradition in the Rigpa Spiritual Care
functions primarily in Europe and the United States; the East Asian
tradition in Taiwan; and the Lotus Sutra,
Pure Land, and Zen traditions in both Japan and the United States.
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Table of Contents
Introduction – Jonathan Watts
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