Death

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    How Do We Talk About Death? Paid Member

    Writer Karen Speerstra was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and entered hospice care in 2013. What follows is a selection from her hospice journal, which appears in her final work, The Divine Art of Dying, out from Divine Arts in September.  Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. And how they become butterflies. I chuckle at the New Yorker cartoon of two caterpillars looking up at an airborne butterfly and one says, “They’ll never get me up in one of those!” There’s a mystery about this fuzzy worm inside a chrysalis that holds the potential of flying. What a paradox! I’ve read that the caterpillar completely disappears, except for a few cells that are called imaginal cells. Imagine! More »
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    Don’t They Know? Paid Member

    On an autumn afternoon, poet Mark Doty arrived at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care to join its founders, Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell, in a conversation spanning grief, loss, attention, aging, and death. Doty has published five volumes of nonfiction prose and eight books of poems, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have also appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, The New Yorker, and, of course, Tricycle. More »
  • Contemplate the Causes and Conditions that Led to Your Birth and Will Lead to Your Death Paid Member

    Sugarcoating it will do you no good: everyone you know someday will die. The best that we can hope for is to be prepared for the moment of death, as thoroughly as we can, whenever it comes. How does one begin to prepare for the end of life? For a Tibetan Buddhist approach to this question, join us at the Tricycle Book Club where we are discussing Anyen Rinpoche's new book Dying with Confidence. The conversation is being facilitated by Allison Graboski, the translator of the book, and Eileen Cahoon, the editor. From Dying with Confidence: More »
  • Contemplate Your Ideal Death Paid Member

    If you had control over death, how would you want to die? Join us at the Tricycle Book Club to discuss Anyen Rinpoche's Dying with Confidence, his recent book that explores death from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective. From Dying with Confidence: Contemplate Your Ideal DeathWhat will your mind be like? What qualities will you have developed? What practice will be most important for you to do or hear at that time? Who do you want to be there to help you stay focused on your practice as you are dying? Join the conversation here. More »
  • Dying with Confidence at the Tricycle Book Club Paid Member

    How should we prepare to die? Many of us don’t know where to begin when it comes to death. It scares us. We understand so many things and death remains a great mystery. In some ways, of course, death will always be a mystery—how could anybody ever really know? However, it should also be said that, due to our steadfast refusal to talk about it, death is more mysterious than it has to be. At the Tricycle office we sometimes make jokes about how our readers’ least favorite tweets and blog posts are those that mention death. Why can’t we talk about this? Even though we joke, this is quite serious. Without a deep awareness of death how can one be truly confident about living?   More »