Matters of Life and Death – conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

Covid has brought the reality of death into the centre of our lives, but what can we learn about death in response?

This episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, with Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon, is prompted by a sense that part of the anxiety arising from the pandemic is living in a culture that has forgotten how to know death in life.

Rupert outlines some recent work on the role of death in plant life, and how that is not only of biological interest but can be spiritually resourcing. They discuss how wisdom traditions don’t dissolve death but understand it as a process that leads to more life, and therefore to be embraced and undergone.

Both reflect on personal experiences of death and dying as well, in what they hope is a helpful as well as interesting conversation.

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