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Death, Dying, and Buddhism – A Pinterest Page Update

Two months ago I proposed an educational social media project for the MDIV670 Spiritual Leadership course entitled “Death, Dying, and Buddhism” as a Pinterest page.(https://dharmadialogue.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/death-dying-buddhism-a-pinterest-page/) The intent of the page is to provide easy access to information, quotes, and other resources for those interested in death and dying, primarily from a Buddhist perspective. Some of what I have learned in the process includes:

There seems to be much more emphasis on death and dying in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition than in the other Buddhist traditions. This may be due to the fact that I am much more familiar with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but I made an effort to seek out quotes and other resources from the many other traditions, and only had mild success.

I was too quick to come up with categories and needed to change the names of the ‘boards’ on my page on several occasions, or merge some of them together (as an ongoing project, this may continue to be the case). It has been challenging trying to keep the project limited to the Buddhist approach to death and dying. The Buddhist and non-Buddhist worlds have much to learn from each other – of course, the relationship of each with death and the dying process is not exclusive. I have included both Buddhist and non-Buddhist resources, but, with some exceptions, my goal is to focus primarily on the Buddhist approaches. The board titles are currently as follows:

Buddhist Books on Death & Dying

Quotes by Buddhist teachers

Film & Other media on Death & Dying

Reflections on Death & Dying

Resources

Other Books on Death and Dying

Meditations, Mantras, & Music

The Bardos

Buddhist Psychology re: Death

Buddhist Art on Death and Dying

Buddhist Pilgrimage

I am pleased to report that without advertising this page beyond the Dharma Dialogue post, I have attracted 21 followers. Additionally, most of my ‘original pins’ (those that I personally sourced outside of Pinterest) have been repined by one or more of my followers, and many of those that I have discovered through Pinterest and repined have also been repined by my followers. When I Googled the words “Death” “Dying” and “Buddhism” together, the search results in my Dhama Dialogue post being listed as #8, and my Pinterest page as #12. This is clearly indicative of the lack of material out there.

I invite anyone to offer suggestions to improve the site and hope that some of you will join Pinterest and ‘Follow’ me at Death, Dying, and Buddhism. For those not interested in Pinterest, I hope you will comment here to alert me to any websites, books, quotes, or other resources that address death and dying from a Buddhist perspective.

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Death, Dying, & Buddhism – A Pinterest Page

The educational social media project that I’d like to propose for the MDIV670 Spiritual Leadership course has to do with my concern regarding the lack of attention to and resources for those who are dying. Our American culture is very good at denying the reality of death and we tend to hide or disguise anything that hints of decay. We avoid discussions of death, shove our elderly in out-of-the-way retirement homes, and glorify youth and beauty. Additionally, many are aware that Buddhism offers a unique approach to death and dying, though it can be difficult to find out what this approach is. I have created a Pinterest account entitled “Death, Dying, and Buddhism,” where I have created ‘boards’ that offer resources for the dying and for those with dying loved ones, with a particular focus on the Buddhist approach to death and dying. In creating this site, I hope to allow people the space and opportunity to access the rich array of teachings, techniques, and symbolism offered by Buddhism to address and accept the reality of death and dying.  Among the boards will be those entitled:

  • Buddhist Books on Death and Dying
  • Other Books on Death and Dying
  • Buddhist Art on Death and Dying
  • Helpful Quotes by Buddhist Teachers
  • Quotes re: Contemplative & Palliative Care
  • Film on Death and Dying
  • Reflections on Death and Dying
  • Resources
  • Images of Death and Buddhism
  • Music and Mantras
  • Prayers

I have just begun accumulating ‘pins’ for these boards, and invite any suggestions or ideas that anyone may have to offer. Though I would like to keep the Pinterest site narrow enough to help those specifically with interest in the Buddhist approach, I am also more than happy to include those resources that are compatible with but not specific to Buddhism.

As Dr. Joe Loizzo put it: for both the dying and their caregivers, “the end of life often offers rare opportunities to affirm and deepen our highest human values—reconciling conflicts, sharing forgiveness and gratitude, deepening a sense of loving intimacy, and rising above our myopic experience of ourselves, our lives, and the world.” (Tricycle, Spring 2013) I am hoping this ‘Death, Dying, and Buddhism’ Pinterest space will enable such opportunities by consolidating resources for those looking either for help or to help in death and dying from the Buddhist and contemplative traditions.

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