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Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth.
Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold—transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace.
Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh’s teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Ecumenical in spirit, tone, and language, Singh offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Chogyam Trungpa, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, and more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings.
The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Kathleen Dowling Singh is a Dharma practitioner and in-demand speaker and teacher. She is the author of The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die. A mother and grandmother, she is old enough to be eligible for Medicare. Kathleen lives in Sarasota, FL.
Table of Contents
Wake Up 9
Predictable Sufferings 15
Creating the Causes
Stepping onto the Noble Path 31
A Map of Awakening 43
Opening the Precious Package 67
The Special Conditions
Gathering the Special Conditions 77
Opening to Our Own Mortality: Meditation on Death 93
Withdrawal: Liberation from Habits 103
Silence: Liberation from Illusions 123
Solitude: Liberation from Attachment; Release into Sufficiency 133
Forgiveness: Liberation from Aversion; Freedom from Anger and Judgment 151
Humility: Liberation from Pride and the Illusions of Perfectionism; Release into Ordinariness 169
Presence: Liberation from Frivolity and Other Inessentials 187
Commitment: Liberation from Deception 205
Life Review and Resolution: Liberation from Our Story; Release into Freedom 229
Opening the Heart and Opening the Mind 245
Afterword: A Spiritual Inventory 263
Appendix: A Questionnaire on Aging 267
About the Author 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Iread about this book being used in a retreat, Embrace the Wholeness of life as You Age. The subtitle was intriguing, Awaken as You Grow Older. It is diappoining.Although there re some beautiful, meaningful thought,trying to read the book puts me to sleep rather than bringing me to awakening,It would have been much better if the thoughts had been placed in short separate paragraphs rather than long drawn out pages. I will go back to it to extratct some of the meaningful parts.for relection.
Disappointing, sounds like so much double talk. Without getting into too much personal detail I have reached my late 60s with much unhappiness and disappointment with others. I was hoping this book would help me move into a better mindset for my later and final years. However so much of this book consists of paragraphs that sound like the previous ones with a few words changed. So many pages read without progress. Many terms are not explained, I know them from reading previous Buddhist texts. I gave up partway through this because it was just not helping me. I read the intro and what they allow you to read on the website but nothing prepared me for the little practical help it can offer. I cannot recommend.
I thought the book was exceptionally thought provoking and beautiful, a truly mind opening experience. I read both this book and The Grace in Dying and found them both to be wonderful.