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Conference Proceeding

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Buddhist Studies | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Since earliest times, death has fascinated, terrified, and confounded human beings. Virtually every religious tradition offers some explanation of three key concerns: the beginnings of the world, the meaning and purpose of human existence, and the end of life. The Buddhist traditions have given special attention to the meaning of life and the end of life as central topics for reflection.


Table of Contents

Preface | ix

Acknowledgments | xi

Chapter 1 What is It Like to Die? Analytical Assessment of Ancient Indian Vedic Philosophical Concerns with Death

Arindam Chakrabarti

Chapter 2 Dying, Death, and Afterlife from a Buddhist Perspective

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Chapter 3 Dying and Death in Jaina Dharma Traditions

Christopher K. Chapple

Chapter 4 Social Sources of the Afterlife in Western Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Alan Segal



Transmigration, Metempsychosis and Reincarnation

Adarsh Deepak


Originally published by Deepak Heritage Books in Dying, Death, and Afterlife in Dharma Traditions and Western Religions: Contemporary Issues in Constructive Dharma Vol.4 Proceedings of a Session of the Third DANAM Conference.