On another level I really did not find anything illimunating or revealing about the aging process, nor how to come to grips with that outside of the spiritual differences. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself. He uses examples from his personal life and illnesses to I was fortunate to win a copy of this book through Goodreads. But if they can learn to go slower, go deeper, and be more connected to themselves, their loved ones, and other members of their community, they can find the wisdom, happiness, and fulfillment that comes with a life that is in balance. This is a goodreads giveaway copy--and I hope they keep the cover for the release in January--lovely. Now it is 80, and many people can look forward to living an active, productive life even into their 90s. Unlike many philosophical works on aging, however, this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists, as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations on aging's various challenges and rewards.
It just did not resonate with me nor meet me on a level where I am. The author also includes the present day science of healthy aging and the Buddhist approach. In this book Stevens argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life's end. As I got into it, I enjoyed Lew Richmond's reminiscences of his time with Suzuki Roshi, his own struggles and insights around illness and aging, and his honest and informal conversations with people and their learnings on aging. I am currently part of a meditation group named from the title of this book and informed by ideas and suggested practices in it. There's some Zen in all of us, deep down.
If you are new to buddhist concepts this is a good overview of their application in relation to aging. Children are naturally curious, and we can be too. It was always the thing that helped and inspired me in the work world. My favorite was the one a I got some useful tidbits from this book, and I'm glad I read it, but it will not sit at the top of my heap of inspirational books. I met the next day with a Trappist monk about my age who noted that our generation in some ways is forging new ground, as many of the wise spiritual writers were dead by the time they were our age.
Very easily followed If you haven't read many books on the Buddhist lifestyle. Modern research points us in the same direction. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process — one that takes on even more significance in later life. I would add two more -- curiosity and flexibility. There is a thoroughly described guide to one day retreat you can do at home.
I won't waste my time or yours debating the principles that guide my life and those that are depicted in this book, just leave it that they do not necesarily coincide. Booklist Review Although this is a user's guide to aging well written from the perspective of a Buddhist priest and meditation teacher, you don't have to be a Buddhist or, for that matter, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or even a believer to appreciate its very helpful reflections. Not just for Buddhists or meditators, though, the book provides comfort for anyone dealing with aging-related issues. An appendix and website, unfinishedconversation. We live in linear time from past to future.
As someone who has been a Buddhist meditation teacher for over thirty years, I have come up with my own answer, summed up by the title of my new book:. For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself. The tandem of maintaining a healthy body and healthy relationships, infused with an active spiritual life, is explored in rejuvenating detail. I devoured this book on my 61st birthday. Most of my reading has been in the Tibetan tradition.
Enjoy it as much as possible, and share that joy, because the younger generations coming up behind us need our example and our encouragement. Referencing the latest research, the book includes assessments and skill-based tools designed to help practitioners enhance the mental health of older people. Category: Social Science Author : Eric J. Roam a The interior of this book is as soft-focus as the exterior picture of the lotus. Useful information includes the stages of aging; what kinds of worry are helpful and what are not; the function of elderhood; and the essence of Buddhism. I didn't follow those exactly, but did use them as guidance for contemplation which was rewarding and helpful.
We evolved in nature, and our spiritual feelings of oneness and worship come from nature. These days many people feel disconnected from the religion of their childhood. Those words point to spiritual matters, and they are indeed important -- to everyone in every society and culture. He uses examples from his personal life and illnesses to help drive his messages home, as well as uses friends and acquaintances experiences. Worthy of a spot on the shelf for future reference! Even though this is a short book it was a longer read than other books of a similar length because it requires a lot of thought and contemplation.
In Aging as a Spiritual Practice , Richmond acknowledges the fear, anger, and sorrow many people experience when they must confront the indignities of their aging bodies and the unknowns associated with mortality. For a Sunday morning, coffee book. I guess I should have gone ahead and read the write up on this book. Taking a fresh approach that breaks new ground in the field, the author discusses eight major world religions and covers values and ethics, theories, interventions, health and caregiving, depression and anxiety, dementia, and the end of life. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. If we lost money in the recession, we can cherish what we still have.