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Walking Each Other Home

Conversations on Love and Dying
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Hardcover Book
Sounds True
September, 2018
$34.99 CAD
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We all sit on the edge of a mystery. We have only known this life, so dying scares us—and we are all dying. But what if dying were perfectly safe? What would it look like if you could approach dying with curiosity and love, in service of other beings? What if dying were the ultimate spiritual practice? Ram Dass says that “Death is an incredible opportunity to awaken.”

Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush began their friendship more than four decades ago at the foot of their guru, Neem Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji. They have reunited once more with Walking Each Other Home to enlighten and engage readers on the spiritual opportunities within the dying process. They generously share intimate personal experiences and timeless practices, told with courage, humor, and heart, gently exploring every aspect of this journey.

In Walking Each Other Home, readers will learn about: guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, leaving a spiritual legacy, creating a sacred space for dying, and much more.

In his introduction, Ram Dass writes:

Dying is the most important thing you do in your life. It’s the great frontier for every one of us. And loving is the art of living as a preparation for dying. Allowing ourselves to dissolve into the ocean of love is not just about leaving this body; it is also the route to Oneness and unity with our own inner being, the soul, while we are still here. If you know how to live and to love, you know how to die.

In this book, I talk about what I am learning about death and dying from others and from my getting closer to it, and I talk about what I have learned from being at the bedsides of friends who have died, including how to grieve and how to plan for your own death as a spiritual ceremony. I talk about our fear of death and ways to go beyond that fear so we can be identified with our spiritual selves and live more meaningful lives.

This loving, inclusive heart-dialogue relates loving to dying in surprising ways.

This book is a conversation between old friends, in which we talk about love and death in an intimate setting. We hope we’ve captured Ram Dass’s wisdom, expressed in a new way now that he is eighty-six and close to death himself…

Our guru told us to love everyone. This is it, Ram Dass says, the way to live and the way to die. Love everyone, including ourselves. Be in the moment. Be tender, be kind, be generous. Know that we share this journey with each and every person.

Join these two lifelong friends and spiritual luminaries as they explore what it means to live and die consciously, remember who we really are, and illuminate the path we walk together.

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, is the founder of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and the author of many books, including the spiritual classics Be Here Now and Be Love Now.

Mirabai Bush co-wrote Compassion in Action with Ram Dass in the 1990s. She’s director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

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What would it look like if you could approach your own death with curiosity and love, in service of other beings? Many people resist their own mortality, but Ram Dass says that Death is an incredible opportunity to awaken.

In Walking Each Other Home, Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush explore the ways in which we can be present with dying, and help ourselves and others leave this world consciously. Through masterful storytelling and practical guidance, these two teachers offer an intimate, thoughtful, and uplifting exploration of the greatest of human mysteriesand show us how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living.


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