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Friends Night welcomes Devamitra

This Thursday 17th Feb at Friends Night we have the book launch by Devamitra. The book is called ‘Entertaining Cancer: The Buddhist Way.

In Entertaining Cancer, Devamitra chronicles his years of treatment for prostate cancer. He describes the fatigue, the heightened sense of being alive, and the discomforts and indignities of treatment. He also draws on the deep well of his Buddhist practice to work with his mind and meet fear, uncertainty and frailty with resolve. It is an entertaining read, full of humour, wit and fantastically funny dialogue.

Devamitra lives in a community at the London Buddhist Centre. Over the years he has been an occasional visitor to Ipswich, giving talks and attending events.

You’re diagnosed with an aggressive cancer – what do you do?

Devamitra – English actor and Buddhist teacher – describes the discomforts and indignities of being treated for prostate cancer. He also draws on the deep well of his Buddhist practice to work with his mind and meet fear, uncertainty and frailty with resolve. It is an entertaining read, full of wit and fantastically funny dialogue. If you or someone you know is facing a cancer diagnosis, this book will help light your way.

‘Who would have thought that having cancer could be so instructive, and at times so amusing? Devamitra writes of his experiences with a style unique to him: beautifully crafted, engaging, witty, poignant, reflective and always disarmingly honest. Devamitra faces his test as a Buddhist, but he wears his Buddhism lightly, even though it is Buddhism that guides him through it.’ Subhuti, author of Mind in Harmony

Entertaining Cancer: The Buddhist Way is a remarkable book – honest, lucid, unflinching, funny and radical in its willingness to confront the facts of life and death. Entertaining Cancer: The Buddhist Way is not just for those struggling with illness or the fear of death; anyone interested in how Buddhism can help us live with courage, wit and generosity will find answers in this book. Maitreyabandhu, author of Life with Full Attention and The Journey and the Guide

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The Burning Monk – Devamitra tells the story of Thich Quang Duc

In June 2013, Devamitra came to Ipswich Buddhist Centre and gave a talk in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the immolation in Saigon of Thich Quang Duc – better known as ‘the burning monk’.

As the first step of a much bigger project, Alex Estrella recently filmed Devamitra in the LBC shrine room reflecting on Quang Duc’s life.

The film is available on YouTube and can be viewed here:

The film should be of interest to all Buddhists, not just those in Triratna.

See the full post and media at https://thebuddhistcentre.com/news/burning-monk-devamitra-tells-story-thich-quang-duc