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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By the end of the book, it becomes much more of an exploration of our attitudes to death. It didn’t make me think, so it was an easy book to put down. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He is best known for his memoirs Coffinman: 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 here in common with the film.

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The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. In this spiritual autobiography, Aoki chronicles his progression from repulsion to a gradual nournal of the tranquility that accompanies death. Jason rated it liked it Jul 15, This one is well outside my traditional milieu, but well worth the time and patience to experience Aoki’s unique worldview shaped by his work as a Buddhist mortician.

Satipatthana Sutta If a monk sees a corpse dead one, two, or three days—swollen, blue and festering—he should think: The E-mail message field is required. He had dropped out of college, opened a coffee shop and pub, and soon found himself running a hangout for poets and artists.


Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. And if a monk sees a journql thrown in the charnel ground, being eaten by crows, hawks, vultures, dogs, jackals or by different kinds of worms—Or a body reduced to journak skeleton, coffonman some flesh and blood attached to it, held together ccoffinman the tendons—Or a skeleton, blood-besmeared and without flesh—Or reduced to disconnected bones, scattered in all directions—here a hand bone, there a foot bone, a shin bone, a thigh bone; the pelvis, spine and skull—He should apply this perception to his own body.

References to this work on external resources. Why do superstitions and mythologies insist on carving a life capable of rendering “the beautiful death”? The first two parts of the book read in a tone that is a combination of conversation and stream of consciousness, combined with occasional humor. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

I am wondering if the translator captured the author’s mood and Japanese culture subtleties. 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 The third and longest chapter, “The Light and Life,” makes up the second half of the book.

Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician

He realizes that they’ve been doing this “from the past beyond all reckoning. It weaves together his experiences dealing with different bodies, families and situations with his reflections on mourning, human nature, religion, philosophy, art and ultimately life itself, questioning the way we face avoid death Absolutely breathtaking.


As interesting as I found Aoki’s reflections on Buddhism, what appealed to me most about Coffinman were the more autobiographical elements of the work–the impact that becoming a coffinman had on his life and how that career fits into the culture of Japan. The discourse of COFFINMAN crosses paths of religious texts, transcendental poetry, and even everyday thee, and all in the name of trying to understand how and why people are so anxious about death.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Nothing they have cofvinman goes to making the dead wear such gentle faces. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Many of Aoki’s philosophical musings, such as those buddhixt with the relationship between religion and science or how society as a whole has come to view life and death, are not only applicable to Buddhist ways of thought.

There are three sections and overall it is a short book. He decides to claim a better opinion of coffinmen by wearing doctor’s clothes. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The E-mail Address es field is required.

Shinmon Aoki writes about his job as a Shin Buddhist mortician.