Posts about Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician written by Scott W. Smith. This story looks at one man’s very personal struggle to engage his Shin Buddhist faith to make sense of his experiences with the dead and dying. Shinmon Aoki. This is the true diary of a Buddhist mortician. His reflections on death and dying draw deeply on his faith as a Shin Buddhist, as well as on his appreciation of.

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It is not some theological or Buddhological argument that has swayed Aoki to accept Shin’s “gospel” of universal enlightenment; rather, it is his everyday experience of seeing radiant peace on the faces of the dead. I am wondering if the translator captured the author’s mood and Japanese culture subtleties. PhoenixTerran Nov 10, Become a LibraryThing Author. Various explanations are brought forth, but the peaceful composure of the faces of the dead are completely oblivious to these weary arguments.

Whether you can hold that thought is another matter. I plan to use this memoir with Grade 12 students in a course about world religions; it would also budhdist appropriate for Moetician 11, and possibly for a small and mature group of Grade 10 students. Top Buddhiat Most recent Top Reviews.

This was, as Shinmon Aoki wryly tells us, not his dream job. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? A well-known novelist encouraged him to write; he budddhist his first story published in a classy magazine. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. As philosophy, it’s refreshing. He lives in Toyama, Japan. It probably took about 15 years since the idea was first conceived to johrnal completion mortiician the film.

Ten pages in, and Aoki is getting beyond the horror. Death — Religious aspects — Buddhism. This is all done within view of the attending family – which sounds quite odd when compared to our Western culture – but is shown to be quite dignified and even beautiful in its own way.

Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician

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However, it is not absolutely necessary as plenty of end notes are provided thr guidance. Starts off as a very unusual book written from the standpoint of a mortician, but with a Zen flavor. Preview — Coffinman by Shinmon Aoki. I took this photo last Saturday in downtown Deland, Florida.

Some thoughts may be lost in translation from Japanese to English, but “once you’ve got the gist of it, there’s no need to read into every little thing, the workings And for all I know it may be a passing tradition in Japan itself as families become more fragmented, hurried and westernized.

I did enjoy it but I lost a bit of interest in the end. A time to say goodbye. You definitely get your money’s worth from Shinmon Aoki. Also included are definitions of key terms and phrases and a bibliography. Written in a lyric, intimist and deeply poignant prose, it narrates the evolution in the view of the author since he starts working as a coffinman, first out of necessity with a bit of reluctance and then out of belief, dedication and love.

To the man I had known a lifetime, had visited two weeks prior, and spoken to on the phone the day before—that was it, he was gone. There is a long journwl in Japan of meditating on death. Charles Taylor says that a life properly lived affirms death and destruction. Indeed, Plato insisted in the Th In addition to presenting the episodes themselves, the author also spends a lot of time discussing how his experiences and ideas are similar to those found in several Japanese poem This is a beautiful, emotional book that helped me look at life, death, and my connections to other people in a new way.

He frequently uses poets and poetry as a way to express his thoughts to the reader. To see what your friends thought jougnal this book, please sign up.

Mar 30, Jenna Kathleen rated it liked it Shelves: WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Aoki includes modtician poetry and the way he wrote was just as poetical.