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Buddhadharma : Spri 2013
SPRING 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 71 Once during a Mountain Seat ceremony at San Francisco Zen Center, a student asked the incoming abbot, “What can the dharma teach me about serving others?” The abbot answered, “What others? Serve yourself!” “How,” the student persisted, “can I serve myself?” The new abbot responded, “Take care of others.” True service is always mutually beneficial. When we care for others, we are also nurturing ourselves. This understanding fundamentally shifts the way we provide care. Now two new collections from Wisdom Publications—Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved and The Arts of Contemplative Care—offer working models of how to confront and transform the way we address suffering in the world today, models born from adaptations and interpretations of core Buddhist teachings. The contributors remind us that caring for one another is a natural expression of both our dharma practice and of simple human kindness. They encourage us to develop FRANK OSTASESKI is the founder of the Metta Institute, cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and a coordinating teacher for a new multiyear training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center called Heavenly Messengers: Awakening through Illness, Aging, and Death (discussed in the Forum on page 50). Buddhist chaplain Robert Chodo Campbell of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care offers comfort and support to a patient receiving home hospice care THE ARTS OF CONTEMPLATIVE CARE: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work Edited by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller Wisdom Publications, 2012 $34.95; 368 pages BUDDHIST CARE FOR THE DYING AND BEREAVED Edited by Jonathan S. Watts and Yoshiharu Tomatsu Wisdom Publications, 2012 $22.95; 312 pages SERVING OTHERS, TRANSFORMING OURSELVES Reviewed by Frank Ostaseski REVIEWS PHOTO A. JESSE JIRYU DAVIS