One Body One Heart


“Drawing on his dual religious practice, a Christian minister and Zen priest offers an example of how facing death can deepen life.  Beautiful, powerful, and deeply inspiring.”

– Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich Emeritus Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary.

“One body, one heart is a compelling, very human account of living with dying, told through a spiritual lens, in response to the universal question “what helps us face our own mortality?” While offering no simple recipe for coping, Bob shows us that, whether or not we are facing a life-threatening prognosis, we can proceed to practice living with a keen and gentle awareness that “I will die, too,” open to all that life and illness can bring to the body, mind, and heart.”

— Elise Lark, PhD, Founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying, Social Worker, Oncology Support Program at HealthAlliance Hospital, Kingston, NY

“I saw in the illness, in the weakness, in the frustration and the anger also this profound spirituality…'Ah, this is life' — you can, even in those moments, have that presence to be part of the wholeness of life.”

— Roshi Pat O' Hara in One Body, One Heart

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