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2006-03-29 - 8:48 a.m.
Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Not
Recently, on a Yahoo! discussion group (Gay Buddhists) that I belong to, someone posted this essay from the Guardian (UK) by Karen Armstrong, a religious scholar, about the recent death of her mother.
Now, death and dying is something I think about a lot, but not in a morbid way. I've even thought about studying gerentology or working with old folks, and I've often thought it would be incredible to be able to volunteer or work at San Francisco's Zen Hospice.
Below is part of what I posted on the Yahoo! message board, which further clarifies some of my thoughts about this. I've also recently been pondering an older post by Amantesinha about all this stuff. Food for thought, but it shouldn't be depressing, not in the least... Seriously.
I was intrigued by Brad alerting us to Karen Armstrong's (whom I greatly admire) piece about her mother's slow, painful decline, and ultimate passing, and I read it with interest. As someone with an medical affliction that may ultimately end in some very painful conditions (insofar as we ALL have that terminal disease: life), I'm not sure how I feel about the admonition to "avoid painkillers."
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