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tomoni

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Hello everyone,

I would like to get your thoughts on translating"断捨離" in the context of tidying up one's life and preparing for death.

So the typical : separation, cut off, etc. don't really fit the bill.


settling of one's affairs

settling one's estate

or similar don't "catch the nuance" of a healthy (70+ person), cleaning up their "house, and getting rid of worldly possessions to be ready for the next stage.... in the way that 断捨離 conveys that…


I would very much to hear your comments/suggestions


Thank you
 

Majestic

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Putting your affairs in order.
Simplifying your life.
Getting rid of extraneous things.
Saying goodbye to useless things.

But I also think "settling your affairs" fits as well.
 

tomoni

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Hi magestic...

Thanks for the comment – I’m just having problem coming up with an English phrase that short and captures the gravity of hey man I’m dumping all my crap because
 

tomoni

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This is not working very well on the iPhone, I keep on accidentally posting the message

Anyway, I was looking for something a little bit heavier or A more formal turn of phrase That captures both the I’m dumping my stuff, and I’m preparing for death or the next life, with a little bit of perhaps Buddhist undertones.

Settling my affairs, wrapping up my affairs, well good terms I think, they don’t get the separation Of physical items nuance of the Japanese.
Divesting ???

hmmmmm

Thank you for your comments
 

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I think "letting go" or "releasing yourself" is a term we'd use. Let go of the past. Release yourself of worldly concerns.

 

tomoni

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Hi mdchachi

thx for your comment.

Much appreciated.
 
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