All the Gifts We Have Yet to Receive

A Buddhist reflection on Stephen Jenkinson’s philosophy of death

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In the summer of 2009, I was in Bamako, Mali, learning Bambara as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was my fourth day of class. I hadn’t slept well the night before and was struggling to pay attention. Just as I was about to nod off, a man called my name. I looked up to the classroom door where he…

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