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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After becoming a coffinman, Aoki lost friends and was shunned by family members. Nearly thirty years before writing CoffinmanShinmon Aoki pursued the unusual career more out of necessity than by choice when he and his family were facing bankruptcy.

Coffinman : the journal of a Buddhist mortician

Aug 06, Michael-Ann Cerniglia rated it really liked it Shelves: I could go there with him, especially when he spoke about our innate fear of death and the unknown. Having attended a Hindu funeral recently, I was surprised though in retrospect it makes sense to learn about the numerous similarities between the rituals, customs, and general views on death in Hinduism and Shin Buddhism. In Part II, the cases are just as unattractive. Home About Help Search.

Nothing they have done goes to making the dead wear such gentle faces. Your request to send this item has been completed. Also included are definitions of key terms and phrases and a bibliography. Is life merely an intrusion upon the continuum of death? But in the process of doing this job, his Buddhist fa This is the book that the Japanese film, Departures, was based on. View all 3 comments. The book is composed of non-linear episodes during Shinmon Aoki’s career as an encoffiner in northern Japan which lead him to develop new perspectives and a profound appreciation for life and death.


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Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician

Initially developing the concept of the Light as he experiences it in his work as the Coffinman, he delves into the complex analysis of Light as an expression of the Big Bang, quantum physics, God, Amida Buddha, and the by-product of death. Search WorldCat Find mrotician in libraries near you. I picked the middle rating because I am uncertain about the translation. Share your thoughts with other customers. You may have already requested this item. I am wondering if the translator captured the author’s mood and Japanese culture subtleties.

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Want to Read saving…. Nov 05, Roxanne rated it really liked it. Whether you can hold coffibman thought is another matter. CD Audiobook 0 editions. The profession, as well as others that deal with the dead, is looked down upon and even reviled by some, the taboo and impurity associated with death extending to those who make their living from it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Particularly when reading the second half of Coffinman it does help to have some basic understanding of Buddhism.


It’s not really a mortician as we think of it, as there is no embalming done before cremation, just a ritualistic washing and coffinmqn of the body and perhaps arrangement of the hair or application of some simple makeup.

This distinction is not clear. Aug 30, Jasy Au is currently reading it. Already have told a dozen or so people to read this.

And when you start to stretch the image of death to the moritcian of how to dispose of your corpse as befitting your image of death, everything grows completely out of hand. It is said to help one move beyond the demands of the body especially lust.

Aoki, Shinmon, — Shin Sect Buddhism. He lives in Toyama, Japan. Videos About This Book.