Conscious Dying - Extended Interview

Buddhist chaplain Steven Spiro talks about conscious living and dying

November 23, 2014

“Imagining a scenario in which you are dying… may be extremely useful for how you’re going to live five minutes from now,” says Steven Spiro. He's a Buddhist chaplain who works with people at the end of life, and leads workshops on death and dying.

Spiro is a proponent of "conscious dying." It's a movement to help people come to terms with their mortality, and lay the groundwork for a death that is as joyful, calm and generous as possible.

In this extended interview, he talks about meditations on mortality, about setting the scene at a deathbed, and shares more stories of conscious dying and living.