In Praise of Ageing

In Praise of Ageing : Awakening to Old Age with Wisdom and Compassion

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"In this moving and tender meditation on the process of growing old, Carmel Shalev reveals ageing as a new beginning rather than a shameful ending of life."
- Stephen Batchelor

In Praise of Ageing invites you to meet the challenges of growing old with an open mind and offers the possibility of ageing with grace, understanding, wisdom and joy. It weaves the author's personal experiences of her own and her parents' ageing with comments on contemporary social attitudes to ageing, and ancient Buddhist wisdom that accepts growing older as a natural process. All phenomena appear, fade and disappear. So, too, our lives proceed from birth to death.

Ageing, indeed, has its hardships. Yet we have a choice in how to relate to our experiences - with animosity or friendliness. This book affirms that it is in our own hands to shape our place in the world and find meaning as elders with love, compassion, joy and equanimity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 17.78mm | 204g
  • Watkins Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1786783878
  • 9781786783875
  • 1,059,518

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Carmel's finely crafted book will help you grow old without fear, enjoy your final days on earth with wonder and humility, and inspire you to assume the role of an elder with dignity. A beautiful book bringing clarity, wisdom and a compassionate view on ageing, recruiting the huge insightful resource of the Buddhist teachings to a period of life that is often full of suffering and neglect. This unique confirmation of old age gives a new lease of life to those whose seek hope rather than despair, integrity rather iniquity and and potency rather than dependency. To those interested in ageing but new to Buddhism her clear sighted, realistic and wise perspectives will form a refreshing and through provoking perspective.
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About Carmel Shalev

Carmel Shalev has a doctoral degree from Yale Law School. Her professional and academic work has focused on women's rights, human and health rights, and the bioethics of medicalreproduction and end-of-life care, and she has published two books and dozens of articles on these subjects. Since the 1990s she has been practising meditation and studying the dharma, and she is as a founder of Wisdom of Aging, a movement for conscious ageing with a Buddhist worldview.
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