Facing our own death can be an experience either of fear, helplessness, and pain or of acceptance, gratitude, and continuing engagement with loved ones and valued activities. Models have been crafted about stages of facing one’s death that suggest we initially cannot accept it but that our anger, our efforts at bargaining, our sadness all still take us to eventual recognition and acceptance. Whether or not we feel our own death is imminent, there is much great wisdom that shares the thought that facing—and accepting—our own mortality is essential to living a full, vibrant, and meaningful life in the moment we are alive, here and now.
With hard-won wisdom and refreshing insight, Thich Nhat Hanh confronts a subject that has been contemplated by Buddhist monks and nuns for twenty-five-hundred years—and a question that has been pondered by almost anyone who has ever lived: What is death? In No Death, No Fear, the acclaimed teache...
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
QUESTION: How can we approach facing our own mortality and process of death directly? Legacy of Wisdom is a non-profit project dedicated to developing a vision of best practices for living and the fulfillment of our life’s potential.