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Alive Until You're Dead

Notes on the Home Stretch
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
April, 2022
ISBN:
9781611809633
Quantity: 
6
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here are poignant and humorous insights on fully embracing our lives as we age—from Susan Moon, beloved Buddhist teacher and author. Aging isn't easy. But it can still be filled with joy—maybe even more joy than we expect. Described by the New York Journal of Books as "a Buddhist Anne Lamott," Zen teacher and writer Susan Moon persuades us that as we notice we are impermanent, we get to come alive in new ways. Joining levity with tenderness, Moon shares stories from her own life on topics including knee replacements, Zoom chats with grandchildren, ongoing companionship with a close friend who is moving deeper into dementia, and a season as a Zen monk in the wilderness. Moon illustrates the strength that can come from within, sometimes unexpectedly, even as our bodies fail. Our radiant aliveness can be discovered and rediscovered any time up to the last moment.

Alive Until You're Dead offers a Zen approach to facing our impermanence. Moon's stories explore being present with what is, not turning away from what's difficult, wishing for and working for the wellbeing of others, and being willing not to know what's next. These field notes from an old human being invite us to feel more alive in the final stretch, whatever it holds.

“This is such a lovely book. I couldn’t put it down. Susan Moon is by now our most beloved Buddhist voice and here she realizes that voice completely, telling story after story that will break your heart with its emotional truth. How can she so nakedly, so bravely, face what no one wants to face, and express it all with such understated elegance, sentence after sentence, in essays as intimate as they are true? Being old, approaching death, is baffling and difficult. Alive Until You’re Dead won’t solve the problem but it will illuminate it, giving much to muse on and savor. You will want to read this book slowly... and again.” —Norman Fischer, author of When You Greet Me I Bow

“As she faces the inevitable end of her long life, Susan Moon considers what it means to be satisfied. With wit and the wisdom of decades of Buddhist practice, Moon considers the gifts and struggles of age, where joy and sorrow walk hand in hand.”—Sallie Tisdale, author of Advice for Future Corpses

Publisher’s Description: 


Poignant and humorous insights on fully embracing our lives as we age from Susan Moon, beloved Buddhist teacher and author.

Aging isn't easy. But it can still be filled with joymaybe even more joy than we expect. Described by the New York Journal of Books as "a Buddhist Anne Lamott," Zen teacher and writer Susan Moon persuades us that as we notice we are impermanent, we get to come alive in new ways. Joining levity with tenderness, Moon shares stories from her own life on topics including knee replacements, Zoom chats with grandchildren, ongoing companionship with a close friend who is moving deeper into dementia, and a season as a Zen monk in the wilderness. Moon illustrates the strength that can come from within, sometimes unexpectedly, even as our bodies fail. Our radiant aliveness can be discovered and rediscovered any time up to the last moment.

Alive Until You're Dead offers a Zen approach to facing our impermanence. Moon's stories explore being present with what is, not turning away from what's difficult, wishing for and working for the wellbeing of others, and being willing not to know what's next. These field notes from an old human being invite us to feel more alive in the final stretch, whatever it holds.

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