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Working With the Dying: Compassion, Shame, and the Illusion of Loss

Alvin Raja Hornstein

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ISBN 10: 1411643887 / ISBN 13: 9781411643888
Published by Lulu.com, 2007
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Title: Working With the Dying: Compassion, Shame, ...

Publisher: Lulu.com

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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A study of ten volunteers working with the Zen Hospice Project. The author leads us to an understanding of the practice of compassion by examining evolutionary psychology, developmental neuropsychology, the psychoanalytic theories of Melanie Klein, and finally the perspective of Zen Buddhism in the writings of Dogen and Shunryu Suzuki. He then presents interviews with the volunteers that are richly informed by the theories, and which reveal what extraordinary compassion looks like when practiced by ordinary people in difficult situations.

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"Hornstein ... incorporates into his research program the understanding that Buddhist concepts are not the same as concepts by the same name used in standard Western psychology experiments, and thus, that standard experimental methods won’t necessarily get at the Buddhist claims. (This might seem obvious, but has been quite lost in the frenzy of current "empirical" research on "meditation.") ... The interviews themselves and the manner in which Hornstein extracts "essence statements" from them for his results are models of empathetic interactive research. ... They are impressive for their rapport and sensitivity. ... The discussion section is a heartfelt, beautifully written and, from the literary point of view, self contained concluding essay. ...The personal reflections are wonderful ... In all, I think it a beautifully worked out dissertation."

Eleanor Rosch, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of California at Berkeley

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