Zen Hospice

Zen Hospice

“The project, which had its origins in the San Francisco Zen Center in 1987, takes the typical hospice approach of caring, rather than curing, and puts an East Asian sensibility on it. In line with Zen Buddhist philosophy, it trains its volunteers, nurses and even cooks to care mindfully. That might mean sitting in meditative silence at the bedside of someone who is dying. Or focusing on the senses as the most direct connection to the present moment of life — cooking a fragrant meal with fresh ingredients, giving a tender hand massage, singing a favorite song.”

Zen and the Art of Dying Well, NY Times  


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