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In 1995, Jim Bedard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and given ten days to live. This is the story of how he used Zen practice to bring himself into full contact with a death sentence as well as painful medical treatment, including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. It is also the inspiring story of how the faith of his family, Zen teacher, friends, and the Buddhist community supported his survival in the face of obscenely narrow odds.
"What his ordeal makes clear is that determined spiritual practice can free us from illness. Not that it makes illness go away; rather, it brings us to a place of such dignity, faith, strength, and humility that we find ourselves already free. This is a brave, wise, and inspiring book."
--Philip Kapleau, Roshi, author of The Three Pillars of Zen