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What I Don't Know About Death

Reflections on Buddhism and Mortality

Jr Huntington, C. W.


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Part memoir, part philosophy, part essential life lessons, these ruminations will spark the mind and move the heart.

A novelist and senior professor of Asian religions accustomed to vigorous health receives a terminal diagnosis in the winter, and by summer, his cancer has run its course. In the time between, he reflects on his impending death and revisits with fresh eyes the teachings and practices he has spent a lifetime pursuing. In this, his last book, readers can join C. W. “Sandy” Huntington on his journey of traversing the gap between knowledge and true wisdom.

“In only a few months the gestalt has shifted, and after a lifetime of study and practice of Buddhism I am only now learning, here in this prison of necessity, to release my grip on life and so to love it as it is in all its beauty and horror, to slip away into the arms of those infinite others, sentient and insentient, who have nourished and sustained me throughout this long journey home.”

Wisdom Publications, 9781614297505, 174pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

About the Author

C. W. "Sandy" Huntington, Jr. translated and interpreted classical Sanskrit and Tibetan texts and was a professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He is best known for his books The Emptiness of Emptiness and Maya. Sandy passed away on July 19, 2020, following a six-month struggle with pancreatic cancer.