Stephen Levine

My dear friend Stephen Levine has kindly offered occasionally to send us pieces of his prose and poetry to be posted on the Project website. Stephen was the founder of the Hanuman Foundation Dying Project which in the mid 1980’s metamorphosed into the present Living/Dying Project. Stephen and his wife Ondrea are living quietly in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. We are pleased to be able to share his wise and luminous words with you.

The body is hard to shed.
Resists with pain, disintegrating
one nerve at a time,
breaking free of the
peripheries to settle
at last in the heart.
Becoming being,
becoming ends.
Yet I grieve its perfection.
-Stephen Levine