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Aging as a Spiritual Practice

The Dharma of Aging

Lewis Richmond | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Gautama the Buddha was among the first religious or philosophical teachers to discern the truth that "everything changes." This prescient insight, now embedded in the standard model of modern physics, is one of the most enduring legacies of the Buddha's teaching.

Aging and the Importance of Belonging

Lewis Richmond | Posted 05.21.2012 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

Human beings of every age need to belong.

Five Spiritual Practices For Aging Well

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

When I ask audiences what they like about being older, people often answer "Gratitude," and then say what they are grateful for: grandchildren, good health, free time, wearing what they want, the chance to travel, giving back to the community.

Elderhood and the Quiet Life

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.15.2012 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

Recently a fellow Zen priest who just turned 70 said to me, "Lew, when I was younger I did many exciting things and led an active, busy life. But these days I just want to live a quiet life.

Life and Style Includes the Spiritual

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.16.2012 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

When we are on the cusp of midlife -- in the realm of "Fifty" -- then the deeper questions can become more pressing and personal.

I Hate Growing Old!

Lewis Richmond | Posted 12.26.2011 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

Regret is a universal quality of aging; each of us has a collection of regrets by the time we are in our forties or fifties. Younger people have regrets too, of course, but for the young there is always the sense that there is time to start over, to try again, to reverse ill fortune.

Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Lewis Richmond | Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

What will we do with this extra gift of years that modern life expectancy has offered us? Enjoy it as much as possible, and share that joy, because the younger generations coming up behind us need our example and our encouragement.

Anti-Aging Creams And Potions: A Buddhist View

Lewis Richmond | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The Buddha taught three fundamental facts of life. They are true at any age, but aging brings them into sharper and more poignant focus.

Adulthood, Elderhood, Buddhahood: The Stages Of A Spiritual Life

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

From childhood onward, there are many "hoods" or stages, each one building on the insights and accomplishments of the last. Do we still know how to negotiate them?