The Harvest of Presence

This book is a collection of stories, gleaned from thousands of conversations around the deathbed. Each one reflects a quality of beauty, of soul-ness—the ways any one of us reflects the profundity of existence.

The Harvest of Presence

This book is a collection of stories, gleaned from thousands of conversations around the deathbed. Each one reflects a quality of beauty, of soul-ness—the ways any one of us reflects the profundity of existence.
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"Something different happens when we invite death into the conversation. It enters amidst a panoply of experience that includes gratitude, love, joy, and wonder. Within this milieu, we learn an intimacy that acknowledges the entirety of the human experience. We open rather than fight or run. Within such spaces, souls peek through all the hope and fear like dandelions blooming in the cracks of sidewalks. We find beauty within the humble contours of our lives.”

Praise for the Book

“What dies was never really ours to keep anyway. What is deathless has been our true nature all along. No one can ever separate us from that—it is we who forget about it. At any moment, in any circumstance, there can be a remembering, a glimpse, a realization. These precious stories tell of such moments on the journey, told by one with an unbound love and courage to have accompanied so many on their way.”

~ Lama Drimed Norbu

“In the Buddhist teachings that anchor my understanding of how one’s consciousness transits dying and death, there is no higher aspiration than ‘all-pervasive compassion’—vast compassion that arises from a wisdom beyond formulaic constructs to spontaneously meet the needs of others.

This book encourages us not only to offer our time, love and attention to others, but also to engage our own practices of prayer and meditation, so that we gain confidence in our own gestures of compassion, love, and joy to create benefit in the great interdependence of living and dying.”

~ Chagdud Khadro

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About the Author

Amita Lhamo

Amita Lhamo has cared for thousands of individuals and their families through the process of dying. She has studied with Lakota, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist teachers, completing a five-year meditation retreat within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She integrates her professional experience, as a psychotherapist and hospice chaplain, with her spiritual training to write and teach about spiritual care for the dying, meditation, and the spiritual path.

Invite Amita to Speak

Amita is available to give book readings, offer talks, or teach seminars and retreats.

Suggested topics include:

Reading from, Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying, with guided discussion.
Spiritual Presence
Soul’s Journey
Radical Kindness
Sacred Ritual
Death as Retreat
Prayer at the Bedside of the Dying
Tonglen and Other Breath Meditations
Sacred Nature of Story

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