The Healing I Took Birth For

Practicing the Art of Compassion


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"...enlightening and heart opening." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
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224 Pages


6 x 9


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Red Wheel Weiser


Ondrea Levine and Stephen Levine are close collaborators in teaching, in practice, in life. Together they are the authors of more than eight books, some of which bear Stephen's name only as author, but all of which Ondrea had a hand in. Together they are best known for their work on death and dying. They are also the parents of Buddhist teacher and writer Noah Levine. Visit them online at

Stephen Levine is an American poet, author ,and teacher best known for his work on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who, along with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Ram Dass, and Sharon Salzberg, who have made the teachings of Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. He is the author of Who Dies?, Healing into Life and Death, and Turning Toward the Mystery. Visit him at

For more than 32 years, Stephen and Ondrea Levine have provided emotional and spiritual support to those who face lifethreatening illness and their caregivers; deeply affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the process. The Healing I Took Birth For, which was begun after Ondrea’s own medical prognosis that foretold the end of a lifetime of spiritual exploration, is the culmination of her work. Their collaboration, in the service of the dying, especially during the height of the AIDS epidemic, set them both more deeply on the path of compassion–compassion for self, for others, for all.

The Healing I Took Birth For is the heartfelt sharing of Ondrea’s life of service and a deeply inspiring example of how one faces illness and great personal difficulties, with a deep spiritual practice and grace. It is the most “intimate collaboration” she and Stephen have worked on and it will inspire readers to find their own way toward living a life of compassion.

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"...enlightening and heart opening." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness "In this exceptional book, Ondrea uses the depth of her mind and heart to heal her body and finds, in her suffering, compassion." --Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Still Here "Interweaving her own story with perennial teachings on mindfulness practice and devotional yoga. This book is a profound healing." --Miribai Starr "Ondrea Levine's book reveals her courageous willingness to face the inner linings of her heart and the fearful caverns of her egomind. The honesty and transparency of her selfexploration is filled with a sensitivity, grace, gentleness, and wisdom that represents the One. Ondrea paves the way for the reader to follow her in an amazing commitment to a uniquely beautiful journey of the heart. This book is truly a love story of how two extraordinary people become one heart as they face the challenges of illness, pain, and death--not seeing them as enemies, but as an exploration of their way to freedom." --Gerald. G. Jampolsky, M.D., founder of Attitudinal Healing; Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D., CEO of Attitudinal Healing International "I have been a huge fan of Stephen and Ondrea Levine's work for many years. Their deep, healing and transformative teachings have had a profound impact on my life. They are authentic teachers of great wisdom and heart." --Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason "I read this wise and loving journal avidly, with deep gratitude and delight. These intimate old Dharma friends share how broken hearts, nakedly encountering death and mortality, can catalyze open hearts and selfless service. Their grace-full co-meditations and very special brand of partner spirituality will edify and enrich us all." --Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and Buddha Standard Time "In The Healing I Took Birth For, Stephen not only autobiographically accounts Ondrea's life, her selfless service, bouts with illnesses, writings, workshops and more, but takes their teachings to a more intimate place than ever before. Through implementing the insights, wisdom, and knowledge shared in The Healing I Took Birth For, I can unequivocally say that I am a better human being because of it." --Chris Grosso,