The Art of Living and Dying

September 14, 2017
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How can we achieve a less fearful and more conscious death?

How important are the qualities of love and forgiveness as the moment of death approaches?

How can we live our daily lives in such a way to better prepare us for death?

Since the phenomenal impact of the book “The American Way of Death” in the 1960s, we have slowly come to recognize that not all cultures look at crossing the threshold from life to death in the same way. This program brings together two leaders in the end-of-life movement, one Buddhist and one Christian, to explore the qualities that best help the dying and their surviving families to cross that threshold. The program underscores the profound truth that only by more fully understand the meaning of death, can we come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of life.

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The Art of Living and Dying PBS 2017

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2.08 Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love

This program mixes knowledgeable, in-depth conversations with evocative film segments from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, and the USA to explore the depths of Rumi’s poetry and teachings. Host Phil Cousineau explores questions such as: What do Rumi's poetry and message have to offer to raise religious tolerance in today's world? What does Rumi’s perspective offer to discussions of extremism? What is Rumi’s concept of divine Love, or “Eshgh,” and how is this love similar or different than what other great teachers, such as Jesus, taught?

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70min 52sec


  • Global Spirit

    Global Spirit is a unique television series that investigates the most urgent philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth, and wisdom. Global Spirit brings together ancient wisdom traditions with the perspectives of world religions and modern science to help viewers define who we are as human beings and explore how this affects our relationships with our families, our communities, the environment and with the world at large.


  • Therese Schroeder-Sheker

    Therese Schroeder-Sheker is a lay Benedictine, the founder of the Chalice of Repose Project and the palliative medical modality known as “music-thanatology.” Therese and her musician-clinician colleagues work in hospitals and hospices to facilitate intensified living through the possibility of a blessed, peaceful or conscious death.

  • Frank Ostaseski

    Frank Ostaseski, a practicing Buddhist, is the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project and currently serves as the director of The Metta Institute. He leads workshops and hospice centers, encouraging people to use death, tragedy and vulnerability as catalysts for powerful transformation.

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