Buddhism, Hospice, and the American Way of Dying
Review of Religious Research
Format: Journal Article
Library/Archive: Copyright © 2003 Religious Research Association, Inc.
Sources ID: 22498
Zotero Collections: Cultural Belief Contexts, Environmental Context, Buddhist Contemplation by Applied Subject, Contemplation by Tradition, Hospice / Care for the dying and Buddhist Contemplation, Health Care and Buddhist Contemplation, Buddhist Contemplation
Buddhism has made its way into American popular culture, particularly within the arena of death and dying. The growing influence of Buddhism on the American way of dying has been fostered through its connection with the American hospice movement. This paper describes the developing contact between Buddhism and hospice and documents the efforts of several prominent Buddhist organizations to revolutionize American death practices. The Buddhist approach to death has captured the interest of an American public attracted to its nonsectarian language of spirituality and pragmatic techniques for dealing with death.