Confronted with the realities of our aging, many of us may be pondering the deeper issues of loss, diminishment, death and dying. How do we respond creatively, with renewed inspiration, to this stage of life? Encountering the Four Heavenly Messengers – old age, sickness, death, and the wandering monk – irrevocably changed the Buddha’s life. His story can have profound resonance for our lives as well, an invitation to inquire deeply into how we live the later stages of life.
At variance with our culture’s view of aging as a time of decline, the elder years can be filled with opportunities for growth, reflection, and deepening in wisdom and love. If ever there was a call to renew and deepen our practice, this is it -- a promising time indeed.
In this course, we will explore issues around aging and practice, and together create an inspiring container through meditation, teachings, small group discussion and individual reflection. Since aging is a timeless process, we welcome everyone who is drawn to this exploration and renewal of practice.
Recommended reading: Aging with Wisdom by Olivia Hoblitzelle, available in the CIMC library.
Olivia Hoblitzelle is a writer and teacher whose love of the dharma and Insight Meditation started in the early ‘70’s, including practice for many years in a devotional tradition from India. She has taught contemplative practices in a wide range of venues, including being a pioneer in Mind/Body medicine and training health professionals through Harvard Medical School. Her best-selling book Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s (2010) won many awards. Her most recent book, Aging with Wisdom, was published in 2017.