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Alive Until You're Dead: Notes on the Home Stretch

Alive Until You're Dead: Notes on the Home Stretch

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Poignant and humorous insights on fully embracing our lives as we age from Susan Moon, beloved Buddhist teacher and author.

Aging isn't easy. But it can still be filled with joy--maybe even more joy than we expect. Described by the New York Journal of Books as a Buddhist Anne Lamott, Zen teacher and writer Susan Moon persuades us that as we notice we are impermanent, we get to come alive in new ways. Joining levity with tenderness, Moon shares stories from her own life on topics including knee replacements, Zoom chats with grandchildren, ongoing companionship with a close friend who is moving deeper into dementia, and a season as a Zen monk in the wilderness. Moon illustrates the strength that can come from within, sometimes unexpectedly, even as our bodies fail. Our radiant aliveness can be discovered and rediscovered any time up to the last moment.

Alive Until You're Dead offers a Zen approach to facing our impermanence. Moon's stories explore being present with what is, not turning away from what's difficult, wishing for and working for the wellbeing of others, and being willing not to know what's next. These field notes from an old human being invite us to feel more alive in the final stretch, whatever it holds.

Author: Susan Moon
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: 04/26/2022
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.80w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781611809633

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 03/01/2022 pg. 2

About the Author
SUSAN MOON is a writer and Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She is the author of several books, including This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity and The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women, and a contributor to Lion's Roar, Tricycle, and other publications. She teaches in California and at the Upaya Zen Center.

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