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The Zen of Living and Dying by Philip Kapleau
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: buddhism, death-dying
Read from November 05, 2011 to April 02, 2012 — I own a copy

Ultimately, this book isn't what the title would lead you to believe it's about - which is my primary reason for giving it only one star. While it certainly does deal with death, it does so very obliquely and spends in my opinion far too much time going over basic Buddhist teachings such as the four noble truths. While that certainly is a potential weakness of any Buddhist book, I found the fact that the author waited to move to the basic teachings until the middle of the book very disconcerting and distracting. In fact, the progression of the book seemed odd to me in general in that he looked at death and then moved to pain - and then jumped the tracks by moving to the four noble truths. I would have liked to see a book about death deal more with death than this one did and depend less on a traditional belief in karma as an explanation for why people die.
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