I think this a common fear, with any number of interpretations as to why one
feels this way. Perhaps it is not fear of dying that drives this for you.
Maybe working with "fear" itself as a core emotion would be helpful. In any
event, I came across a couple of books you may want to look through...
"Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of
Death", by Joan Haifax is one source. She uses Buddhist principles when
working with death and dying, and the book offers exercises, stories and
personal experiences to guide the reader.
Another is "The fearless Heart", by Pema Chodron, which centers on the core
emotion of fear.
Lastly, though not buddhist or zen, per se, in the course of my own education
and training in health care, I can suggest reading Elizabeth Kubler Ross' works
on the stages of death, and her thoughts on the dying process.
Just a thought..
From: DP <wookielife...@yahoo.ca>
Subject: [Zen] Re: Death
Date: Monday, September 6, 2010, 8:18 AM
It's the fear of nothingness that gets me. I know, a strange thing to fear, but
it seems like I find myself sliding towards nihilism.
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, ChrisAustinLane <ch...@...> wrote:
> Compassion for people is pretty useful. Compassion for what you imagine their
> mental state is seems pretty complicated.
> Chris Austin-Lane
> Sent from a cell phone
> On Sep 3, 2010, at 7:44 PM, "roloro1557" <roloro1...@...> wrote:
> > Yes, I agree.
> > I tend to be sensitive to others though and feel compassion for them :-)
> > Artie
> > --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Chris Austin-Lane <chris@> wrote:
> >> Imagining that fear of death is an uncomfortable problem seems no
> >> different from imagining that dying is an uncomfortable problem.
> >> It's not something to worry about - some times people are afraid of dying.
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