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Five Meditations on Death


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Preface by Jean Mouttapa

First Meditation

Second Meditation

Third Meditation

Fourth Meditation

Fifth Meditation

About the Author

Francois Cheng was born in 1929 in Shangdong Province, China. He moved to France in 1949 and was elected to the Academie Francaise in 2002. He is a translator, calligrapher, and essayist, best known for his essays on Chinese art and poetry, as well as a renowned poet. He is the author of several novels and The Way of Beauty, a companion volume to Five Meditations on Death. Jody Gladding is a poet and translator. She has published three full-length collections of poetry and translated nearly 30 books from French. Her awards and honors include MacDowell and Stegner Fellowships, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Yale Younger Poets Prize. She lives in Vermont.


"No doubt I'd rather not think about death, yet I can see how it does bring us to some important questions. As I read Cheng's meditations, I'm surprised at just how meaningful are the thoughts and ideas he's putting forth. I found it profound how he took a pair of opposites--beauty and evil--and used them to show us how important death is to the overall Good. Each reader will gain something from this book that will make life more meaningful and the travails easier to bear. " * Intuitive Connections, Henry Reed, June 2016 *
"Make no mistake, this is not a morbid text requiring that we face the inevitable. It is rather a testament to life and an exploration of what gives life meaning." * Anna Jedrziewski, Spirit Connection, July 2016 *

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