The Art of Dying brings Hasidic stories to the contemporary world in a manner that is fresh and relevant. Osho's commentaries enrich our understanding of what it means to live, and ultimately to die Osho chose to study the Hasidic way of life since it is rich in colour, music, and inner transformative experience, with an emphasis on storytelling. Indeed, the Hasidic tradition of storytelling has been popularized by writers such as Martin Buber, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel. Drawing from Hasidic wisdom, Osho says,
"Death and life are two polarities of the same energy, of the same phenomenon - the tide and the ebb, the day and the night, the summer and the winter. They are not separate and not opposites, not contraries; they are complementaries. Death is not the end of life; in fact, it is a completion of one life, the crescendo of one life, the climax, the finale. And once you know your life and its process, then you understand what death is."