Book Forum––Robert Desjarlais’ Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World by Todd Meyers

Robert Desjarlais’s Subject to Death is like stepping onto a train already in motion.  Its momentum isn’t fierce but there’s no time to ease in––from its first pages, as readers we find ourselves in the midst of death and life and loss as they take and are given form. At the risk of overusing the term, there is great care in this book, and the five commentaries that follow are reflections of this care, not owing to an expected attitude or comportment towards life and death, but attending to what is required by the invitation Desjarlais makes to readers, made between author and subject and reader, as we are brought into a conversation rather than relegated only to eavesdrop.  It is a great honor to present this forum on Robert Desjarlais’s Subject to Death.
Anand Pandian
Johns Hopkins University
Karma Gyaltsen Lama
Sarah Pinto
Tufts University
Summar Said
Wayne State University
Marsha Hurst
Columbia University
Robert Desjarlais
Sarah Lawrence College

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