Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser

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Penguin Publishing Group, Dec 31, 2012 - Religion - 243 pages
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The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a user's life guide to aging well and making every year fulfilling and transformative.

Everything changes. 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.

Aging as a Spiritual Practice is a wise, compassionate book that guides readers through the four key stages of aging—such as “Lightning Strikes” (the moment we wake up to our aging)—as well as the processes of adapting to change, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Unlike many philosophical works on aging this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond's teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.
 

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User Review  - mmignano11 - LibraryThing

Although Richmond's book approaches aging through a Buddhist's viewpoint, I never felt constricted by that. Rather, this is a user-friendly exploration of the familiar aspects of aging that most ... Read full review

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User Review  - mkbird - LibraryThing

This approach is a Buddhist one, but I don't see it specifically as limited to those who are practising Buddhists, but much more broadly. There is nothing to prevent anyone of any faith from gaining a ... Read full review

Contents

CONTEMPLATIONS ON AGING 85
15
The Science of Healthy Aging
87
What Buddhism Teaches
106
Conquering the Five Fears
124
Giving Back
141
Touching Divine Nature
157
What Doctors Know
173
A DAY AWAY
189
A Day AwayPreparation
191
A Day AwayThe Morning
200
A Day AwayThe Afternoon
216
Final Thoughts
231
Acknowledgments
239
Notes
242
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Lewis Richmond is a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher whose three previous books include the national bestseller Work as a Spiritual Practice. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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