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Coffinman: The Journal of Buddhist Mortician

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By Shinmon Aoki.
Forward By: Taitetsu Unno.
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 literature, poetry, and modern science. This book was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed, Japanese film, Departures (2008).

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    Posted by William Paterek on 18th Sep 2017

    This reviewer is an isolated Soto Zen Buddhist practicing Shikantaza and waiting for the end. I enjoy reading many books in this genre and pass them all onto my Buddhist-bent mortician friend. She already has the book and is enjoying it also. "Coffin Man" is a wonderful exposure To another sect/school of Buddhism that as a westerner I wasn't aware of. Shinmon Aoki also opens doors to the reader about the final journey to light through excellent poetic license, both his and other's. I keep wondering through the book whether his chosen profession is still frowned upon so in Japan. This reader finds himself wishing the tome used foot notes, other than that a beautiful read !