While the aging process involves losses and challenges, these can become a pathway to profound spiritual realization. Buddhist teachings on the four Heavenly Messengers — aging, illness, death, and awakening — offer us practical and liberating guidelines that enable us to free ourselves from many of the negative attitudes toward aging in modern Western culture. Instead, they teach us to reframe the changes inherent in growing older as a curriculum leading to spiritual maturity. In this course, we’ll combine short didactic presentations, dharma talks, innovative experiential exercises, and the stillness of insight meditation. We’ll create a supportive community of like-minded people who aspire to shift the paradigm for aging in modern society and to celebrate the mystery of our common humanity as it unfolds in the last third of our lives. This is an invitation to know ourselves in new ways that enable us to live fully, love well, and die joyfully, and to become the wise elders who are so essential for our society at this challenging time.
We are grateful to be collaborating on this course on conscious aging with Sage-ing International, an organization dedicated to helping elders reclaim their role as leaders, sharing wisdom and spirit essential to creating a better world for current and future generations.
Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Daylight Time), as well as the schedule for when content will be available, is as follows:
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Opening Session
10:00 - 12:30 pm, Morning Session
12:30 - 1:00 pm, Lunch on your own or optional small breakout group lunch and conversation on Zoom.
2:00 - 5:00 pm, Afternoon Session -- Meditation practice offline, on your own. Alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation or mindful movement, adjusted to individual home environment.
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Evening Session
10:00 - 12:30 pm, Closing Session
Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.