Aging as a Spiritual Practice

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 1, 2012 - Self-Help
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In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Buddhist priest and teacher, Lewis Richmond, describes the four stages of aging, providing an uplifting look at life's enriching journey.

Drawing on the teachings of Buddhism, he urges us to rejoice in getting older, not to fight it; to adapt to a different way of living rather than trying to chase a mythical elixir of youth in a quest to stay younger for longer. He says: 'Everything is aging, all the time. We age from our first breath. The problem is not aging per se, but our view of it'.

Whether you're 30, 60 or 100 there are life-enhancing lessons to learn and a wealth of opportunities in which to experience true joy. With traditional Zen exercises and anecdotes from people of all ages sharing their positive experiences, Lewis teaches us to embrace change and see aging as simply an opening up of new paths. He shows us how we often fail to appreciate the wisdom we develop as we go through life and teaches us that to truly develop contentment we must spend more time with our close ones and in looking inwards at ourselves.

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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

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About the author (2012)

Lewis Richmond is a Zen Buddhist priest, teacher and bestselling author. An ordained disciple of Buddhist master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Mr. Richmond co-leads meditation groups and workshops in California, where he lives.

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