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Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician by Shinmon Aoki | LibraryThing
Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Though the last part is te heavy read, and I almost felt tricked into it by the meandering tales of coffins and death at the fore, I willingly continued my fall into the intricate and holistic examination of the Shin Buddhist vision of the hereafter. A time to reflect on your own life.
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Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician
It is just an incredible story about a man who becomes a mortician not by any plan but because he cannot find any other job. Death — Religious aspects — Buddhism. I was quite excited to read this book because the differences in Eastern and Western funeral practices is quite interesting to me but, to tell the truth, there’s very little ghe in common with the film.
Shinmon Aoki is forced by extreme financial circumstances into a joyrnal in one of the most despised professions in Japanese society, that of the nokanfuone who washes and prepares dead bodies for burial.
Also included are definitions of key terms and phrases and a bibliography. It probably took about 15 years since the idea was first conceived to the completion of the film. Instead, bodies are generally prepared for funeral by a nokanfu, or “coffinman.
I’ll be thinking about this short book for a long time. 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. What appears to be random vignettes of memory come together, sometimes subtly, to illustrate complex Buddhist philosophy and pose deeper questions about — not the value of life, but— the value of death. Soon he was neglecting his business he filed for bankruptcy as his wife was giving birth. He sees a glow around people, the sparkle of the day, the glory of the world and the insignificance of death.
So yeah, there is some good stuff happening east of L. Departures, a beautiful Japanese film that won the Academy Award for best foreign language film, was inspired by this memoir. Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Ten pages in, and Aoki is getting beyond the horror.
Coffinman : the journal of a Buddhist mortician
The E-mail Address es field is required. Arthur C Brooks, in the New York Times, wrote a bit about the Contemplation of Impurity in a piece he did earlier this year, called To be happier start thinking more about your death. I am wondering if the translator captured the author’s mood and Japanese culture subtleties. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Alexandria Bloom rated it really liked it Mar 22, This short, albeit deeply philosophical, coffinmam is broken into three parts: In western cultures we sterilize death.
Please enter your name. But mostly towards the last half it was all talk joyrnal the Light of Buddha and being reborn – which is where I turned off. Become a LibraryThing Author. Shinmon Aoki is forced by extreme financial circumstances into a job in one of the most despised professions in Japanese society, that of the nokanfuone who washes and prepares dead bodies for burial. VictoriaPL May 27, He is ubddhist known for his memoirs Coffinman: It weaves together his experiences dealing with different bodies, families and situations with his reflections on mourning, human nature, coffimman, philosophy, art and ultimately life itself, questioning the way we face avoid death nowadays.