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The Buddhist Way to Overcome Jarā-Maraṇaṃ
The Buddhist way to overcome Jarā-Maraṇaṃ

Aging1—the last stage of the human life cycle—by reason of physical and mental disability, needs special safeguard and care. A large number of aged people around us, irrespective of geographical limits, remain distressed and in turmoil. Every moment at home and out of it, they are neglected, exploited, abused and harassed. Not only a present-day picture, this was also a very common scenario in olden times, according to a study of ancient Indian literature. Like all religions, Buddhism too has some significant things to say about this issue. This chapter aims to first define aging and dying from the Buddhist perspective and then explore the Buddhist approach to the problem of aging and dying.

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