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Your Moment of Zen

by Ben Lurie 


Tags: Spirituality, mindful living, meditation, Q+A, how philosophers died, fear of death, dying with dignity, Shambhala Sun,

Death doesn’t have to be terrifying or even a disappointment. Many Christian, Confucian, and Classical philosophers have written and spoken about what it means to live and die with dignity, grace, or even good cheer. In an interview with Shambala Sun, the writer Simon Critchley relays this strangely charming tale: 

There’s a wonderful story of a Zen Buddhist monk from the twelfth century who preached to his disciples and then sat in the Zen position and died. When his followers complained that he died too quickly, he revived and harangued them for a bit longer. Then he died five days later. 

Source: Shambhala Sun (Article not yet available online)