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Healing Lazarus: A Buddhist's Journey from Near Death to New Life

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Lazarus lies in his bed, helpless to move. But he sees now that he is not alone. His beloved wife is with him, all of his relatives and closest friends. They mop his brow; they change his clothes and linen. They stroke his limbs and speak soothing words into his ear. For so many years Lazarus had been the master, the authority, the one who made decisions and told others wh ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 4th 2002 by Atria Books (first published 2002)
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Maybe my expectations were too high, or too different, this book didn't satisfy them. There was more descriptions about the day to day process of recovery rather than spiritual reflections along the way (which may be what I had expected the book to be about.)

I thought the parallels with Lazarus's raising within each chapter were interesting; and I appreciated the Buddhist stories and teachings along the way, but they were few and far between.
Mar 26, 2012 LeAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
From the beginning of the book to the page I'm reading now it is a marvelous read. Mr. Richmond seems to have a great deal of respect to both his family/friends and to his religion. His story begins like any other unfortunate tale of an unsuspecting illness; where he is happily living his life at a job and supporting his family. Until one day he falls ill and that illness seems to progress into something worse. He tells of his days of having cancer and compares his thoughts/feelings during that ...more
May 07, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only one that was bothered by the omission of his WIFE in the acknowledgements section at the start of the book. I understand that he credits his wife for helping him heal, yet he never thanks her which I find odd. I enjoyed his writing because it walked a thin line between self pity, narcissism and important reflection. I still do not understand his lack of compassion for his wife. He talks about it and yet never expresses it to my satisfaction. His wife was unbelievably understanding ...more
Lewis Richmond writes about his battle with viral encephalitis, the physical and psychological effects of the illness, and his painfully slow recovery. The author had previously overcome a bout with cancer, which he touches on throughout the book and compares and contrasts his coping skills. The book isn't overly spiritual, although since Richmond is a Buddhist teacher, he writes of Buddhist philosophies that were useful for him during his recovery. I found his reflections on his psychological h ...more
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Jan 11, 2015 Herta Feely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was curious how a former Zen Buddhist monk would deal with a debilitating illness like the one that Lewis Richmond's quite a journey and he makes himself quite human. At times, I began to get annoyed with his complaints, even though his circumstances must have been awful...still, I had hoped he would deal with it in a more "enlightened" way. In the end, Lewis and his readers discover he's only human and we empathize with his humanly plight.
Mary Mski
Aug 07, 2010 Mary Mski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very relevant contemplation of rebuilding a life and mind after a profound disruption to routine, in this case a tragic illness, touches on Buddhism and considers possible limitations of belief and western medicine
Mar 29, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in Buddism, you will probably find this book a good read.
Gunnar Stumm
Great insight into a meditative mind that cannot meditate anymore because of meningitis.
Craig Bergland
Anyone who has been, will be, or knows or may know in the future someone who is seriously ill (and that would be all of us many times over) needs to read this book.
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