37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596
37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596

Autumn Light, Season of Fire and Farewells

by: Pico Iyer

Author Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan where he and his Japanese wife own a small home. When his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer must deal with the universal questions all of us must face: how to soldier on with the things we love, despite the realization that they are dying. Iyer chronicles his father-in-laws death, his dying mother-in-law, who forgets that her husband has died, his absent brother-in-law who broke all ties with the family years ago and is a psychiatrist but to whom his wife Hiroko still writes letters. One does not read Iyer for his insight into people but more for his insight into life. He captures autumn in Japan perfectly and in a very Japanese way. He’s both poetic and pragmatic and his book says nothing and everything. The best part of the book are his very real interactions with the Dalai Lama. In this book, the Dalai Lama offers the world a fresh perspective, that is human, universal, not connected with religion. He advocates the propagation of basic kindness and understanding with nothing explicitly Buddhist or Tibetan involved. “Suffering is the central fact of life from his Buddhist viewpoint; it is what we do with it that defines our lives and our future” – Dalai Lama

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