There are plenty of Buddhist books with helpful advice about how to help dying people—and how to die yourself.
In our Weekend Reader newsletter, Lilly Greenblatt looks at the lessons our furry friends teach us, even in their goodbyes.
Remembering her beloved childhood pet, Andrea Miller ponders one of Zen’s most famous questions.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche offers a fresh teaching on “phowa” practice and how navigating the various transitions in our lives, including the very small ones, lays a foundation for navigating the much bigger ones when they come.
Devaduta is pali for “divine messengers.” It is said that the Buddha embarked on his quest for enlightenment after encountering three devadutas: a sick person, an old man, and a corpse.
The Buddha saw an old man, ill man, dead man, and wise man. As her father’s health declined, Minal Hajratwala saw these same sights.
Natalie Goldberg wanted to survive, but so did the cancer inside her. Drastic action was required.
The Little Spirits Garden in British Columbia gives parents “spirit houses” to memorialize children lost in miscarriage and stillbirth.
In Japan, Jizo Bodhisattva is the “guardian of children who have died.” Zen priest and grief counselor Dojin Sarah Emerson recalls how the Jizo Ceremony helped after the death of her daughter.
The most profound meditation, says Joan Halifax, is contemplating the certainty of your own death.