Ruth Denison, the groundbreaking Buddhist teacher (and subject of a film-in-progress we reported on here last week), has suffered a massive stroke at the age of 92 and is in hospice care.
In keeping with her written wishes, she will not be receiving intubation. In a letter from her bedside, dharma teacher and sangha member Richard Beatty writes that Denison is in a peaceful and protected environment and showing no signs of discomfort or distress, adding:
“Please let us create a field of lovingkindness to support her on her journey. One thing we can all do for Ruth is to practice metta. It’s not necessary to be with her in form to connect with her. As Ruth holds us in her heart we hold her in ours. She taught for decades that we should practice remembering that we are infinitely more than these bodies. She is and will always be with us. Her teachings live on through all of us.”
For more information on Ruth Denison and her Dhamma Dena community, visit them online here.