The Mortality Book Club Reads: Japanese Death Poems

Although consciousness of death is in most cultures an important part of life, this is especially true in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem." This month's selection of the Mortality Book Club, Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death looks at the development of these poems--from those that expressed the longings of the early nobility and the more "masculine" verses of the samurai, to the satirical death poems of later centuries. Zen Buddhist idea about death are also described as part of the collection of Chinese death poems by Zen monks that are included.

Our Mortality Book Club reads and discusses books having to do with the important--but frequently avoided---issues we confront at the end of our lives. Regular book club members include hospital and hospice workers, but also the adult children of aging parents, or just anyone who wonders about the many questions--medical, emotional, social, and philosophical--raised by human mortality. The book club facilitator is Jasmin Tomlins, herself in training as a death doula.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804831796
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - April 15th, 1998