The Art of Dying

Amy Gross

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“There are no dead people,” Bob Thurman says. “No one is going to become a dead person. There is no death.” He's launching the third Art of Dying conference in New York City, cosponsored by Tibet House, of which he's president, and the New York Open Center. He will talk for four hours, without a lull, a rapids of ideas, imprecations, riffs. The truth is, Thurman says, “there's no way out, no lunch break, no nirvana break, no death break.” After forty years of involvement with Buddhism, Thurman says, he is “unintimidated by death.” It's liberation, transformation. The awareness of death “is the door for us to be alive.”

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