"Serious meditation students will benefit tremendously from the clarity of understanding that Venerable Analayo's efforts have achieved."Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
This book provides a practical guide for those facing disease and death by helping them to access the ageless wisdom of the Buddha's teaching.
Disease and death are undeniably integral parts of human life. Yet when they manifest we are easily caught unprepared. To prepare for these, we need to learn how to skillfully face illness and passing away. A source of practical wisdom can be found in the early discourses that record the teachings given by the Buddha and his disciples.
Analayo's chief aim is to provide a collection of passages taken from the Buddha's early discourses that provide guidance for facing disease and death. He focuses on the theme of compassion, and is concerned with anukampa: compassion as the underlying motivation in altruistic action.
Analayo uses his own translations from the Chinese originals, presented here for the first time. Taken together with his practical commentary, we thereby gain a first-hand impression of what early Buddhism had to say about disease and death.
Analayo is a professor of Buddhist Studies at the Sri Lanka International Academy in Pallekele. He teaches at the Center for Buddhist Studies of the University of Hamburg and researches at the Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan.
Introduction 1 The Buddha as a Physician 2 Sick Body and Healthy Mind 3 The Arrow of Pain 4 Qualities of a Patient and a Nurse 5 The Healing Potential of the Awakening Factors 6 Mindful Pain Reduction 7 Enduring Pain with Mindfulness 8 Insight Instead of Concentration 9 Mindfulness When Sick 10 Liberating Teachings by the Patient 11 A Curative Meditation Programme 12 Fearlessly Facing Disease 13 Deathbed Instructions 14 Dying and the Divine Abodes 15 Detachment and Terminal Disease 16 Buddhist Hospice 17 The Last Words of an Accomplished Lay Disciple 18 Mindfully Facing the Time of Death 19 The Liberating Potential of Death 20 The Power of Insight at the Time of Dying 21 The Inevitability of Death 22 Mindful Freedom from Grief 23 The Buddha’s Decease 24 Recollection of Death Conclusion and Meditation Instructions Appendix References List of Abbreviations Subject Index Index Locorum
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