Corey Kohn, photographer: Denise Thornton’s Buddhist cremation.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 15, 2008
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Via Corey Kohn, my favorite photographer (and human being) like, ever. Subscribe to her weekly photo blog! The below post references American Buddhist Denise Thornton, who died of cancer recently and wrote about the experience of cancer for elephant.

After three years of illness, Denise died and was cremated in a fierce fire under a blue sky, ghee poured over her body and consumed by the bright orange flames. Seeing her body disappear like that, it seems strange that it is often so easy to forget impermance, as if we did not all have that fundimental reality in common: we all die. Denise encountering her own death with such thorough clear-sightedness, graceful diligence and humorful fearlessness was a generous and rich example of how to fully engage with that truth of impermance.

She said: ” If I would recommend anything, it would be, ‘Take death to heart’… Let it pierce you. If you can open and surrender to your own mortality and vulnerability, you will discover a fundamental, unconditional source of strength and confidence.”

[for more from Denise, please go to]

>also, see more photos from Denise Thornton’s cremation on the blog []; and website []


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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