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Who Dies?

An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
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Paperback Book
January, 1989
$24.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

While many books have dealt with the “stages of dying,” and particularly the stages of acceptance of death, this is the first to demonstrate how to open to the immensity of living with death. Who Dies? shows us how to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next, be it sorrow or joy, loss or gain, death or a new wonderment at life.

Interspersed with many of Stephen’s powerful guided meditations, there are explorations of: finishing business, working with the dying, letting go of control, stages of dying, dying at home, grief, dying children, working with pain, and much more.

“Stephen’s work is magic. His work with the grieving and dying is amongst the most skillful and compassionate that I am aware of.” —Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

This is “the Bible of the Conscious Dying Movement,” wrote a reviewer in Harper’s. Ram Dass, in his preface, wrote: “Because Who Dies? is rooted in our collective intuitive wisdom, gleaned from a quiet mind, it is a definite departure from the plethora of books which the new dying movement has spawned. This book has addressed itself to the many aspects of the dying process with refreshing insight, candor, and lightness. It invites us to look directly at ‘what is,’ with clarity and without judgment. It divests the incredible melodrama called ‘death’ of its frightful power, supplanting fear with calm, simple, compassionate understanding.”

It simply remains the very best book on the subject.

As one person put it, “Death is just a change in lifestyles”—an opportunity to see the cause of suffering, our clinging, and to discover the surrender that opens the way to our essential wholeness. Death puts life in perspective. A great gift which if received in love and wisdom allows the clinging mind to dissolve so that nothing remains but the truth. And we become just the light entering the light.

It is as Walt Whitman wrote,

“All goes onward and outward,

Nothing collapses

And to die is different from

What anyone supposes

And luckier.”

The Buddha when dying was asked by his followers what they should do to maintain their practice after he was gone. He said, “Be a lamp unto yourself.”

From the Lotus sutra he suggests, “Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”










Publisher’s Description: 

This is the first book to show the reader how to open to the immensity of living with death, to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next. Levine provides calm compassion rather than the frightening melodrama of death.

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