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Ageing and death: A Buddhist Christian Conceptual Framework for Spirituality in Later Life

Palapathwala, Ruwan (2006) Ageing and death: A Buddhist Christian Conceptual Framework for Spirituality in Later Life. In: Ageing, Spirituality and Palliative Care. Routledge, pp. 153-168. ISBN 9780789033420


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With reference to the Buddhist idea of anatta, and the Christian concept of pneuma, this chapter outlines a framework for meaningful spirituality in later life. It critically examines the importance of consumerist constructs on human life, which propogate a denial of death and ageing. This essay argues that the Buddhist and Christian notions are complementary, and can help frame a more meaningful understanding of self and spirituality in later life.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Death, ageing, Buddhism, Christianity, spirituality, anatta, pneuma, spirit, soul, consumerism.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 02:22
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2012 23:25
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/162

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