Aging as a Spiritual Practice: How to Grow Older and Wiser

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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 03/05/2012 Lightning Strikes 25:26
Mon, 03/12/2012 Coming to Terms Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 24:34
Mon, 03/19/2012 Adaptation Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 24:10
Mon, 03/26/2012 Appreciation Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 24:23

This retreat is intended for people looking for ways to navigate aging's various challenges and rewards. The older we get the more we come to experience the inevitable Buddhist truth of change, and for many of us this can be a difficult process. In this retreat, Richmond goes through the four key stages of aging: 1) Lightning Strikes (the moment we truly wake up to our aging), 2) Coming to Terms (comparing ourselves to how we once were), 3) Adaptation (letting go of who we were and embracing who we are), and 4) Appreciation (acknowledging that "this is my life, I have no other"). Regardless of whether you are enjoying growing old, hating it, or in denial, Richmond offers us all an inner road map for aging.

Lewis Richmond was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 1971 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He is the author of four books, including the national bestseller Work as a Spiritual Practice and his latest book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice, upon which this retreat is based. Lewis is founder of the Vimala Sangha, a Zen Buddhist meditation community in Mill Valley / Tiburon, California.

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Latest Comments in this Retreat

  • CelticPurl's picture
    CelticPurl commented on
    April 1, 2012, 6:00 pm

    Thank you Lewis. It is lovely to be aging in a time where these powerful talks can be shared to such a wide...

  • raymondtovo's picture
    raymondtovo commented on
    March 31, 2012, 10:21 am

    what can we say about an older population seeking sexual partners for intimate relationships . I thought the...

  • lashamrock's picture
    lashamrock commented on
    March 31, 2012, 10:19 am

    Thank you, Lewis. I echo the sentiments of all the comments above.

    I definitely prefer elderhood to dotage!...

  • kswritingservices's picture
    kswritingservices commented on
    March 30, 2012, 5:34 pm

    My greetings and thanks to Lewis and to everyone who shares their stories and wisdom. I found myself pondering my...