A basic teaching of Tibetan Buddhism is that your death is a culmination of your life. In fact, death is a part of life. The caregivers at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care work with the dying - people like Rose Tisnado, who has terminal cancer - to eliminate the thoughts of suffering around death. "I never expected this to be such a ... joyous (in a certain kind of way) experience... this is the most loving I've ever been in my life."


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  • Dechen

    This is such a wonderful reminder of the oneness of life and death and how beautiful we can make both passages....may this work spread around the world....

  • Joe

    What an amazing story! such heartfelt giving...

  • steve

    So giving, so caring. and such beautiful perspective on life.... and death....and caregiving.

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  •  The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care provides compassionate care for the sick and terminally ill.  Find out more about their work.
  •  "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" is widely used as a manual for life and death in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.  In this interview, the author, Sogyal Rinpoche, shares some wisdom.
  •  Practice "active listening" with your whole mind and body - be present for someone who might need your companionship.

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