Mindful Aging: Making Peace with Impermanence

with Ira Rechtshaffer

October 11th

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  • $10 Program Price
  • $20 Patron Price
Room: Meditation Hall

Join us for this evening to examine the challenges and the delights of the aging process as it relates with our practice as dharma practitioners.

Whether we’re in our 40s or 60s, aging in a youth-obsessed, materialistic culture often provokes fears of loss, unwelcomed changes to our body and our health, diminished vitality, feelings of unlovability and social invisibility. Sometimes we might think that our “best days” have gone by already. 

 Impermanence is a fundamental contemplation on the Buddhist path. It encourages us to acknowledge change on many levels, and work with our resistance to and denial of change. As dharma practitioners we might ask ourselves whether our life asks different things of us, and challenge us with new tasks as we age.

One of the things in our lives that does not necessarily diminish with age is wisdom, as long as we live an "examined life”. Meditation teaches us what to let go of, but also want to hold onto, cherish or cultivate. 


About the teacher
Ira RechtshafferIra Rechtshaffer holds a PhD in Buddhist studies and has been a Buddhist practitioner for four decades. He practiced Zen Buddhism in Japan for four years and has been a practitioner of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism since 1976. He has taught Buddhism in various seminaries, contemplative centers, and graduate programs. As a practicing psychotherapist he works with individuals and groups, integrating Buddhist and Western psychology. His two books are Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex, and the Sacred, and What Was in Buddha's Left Hand?: Tantric Teachings to Transform Neurosis into Sanity, awaiting publication in February 2020.


Program Price: $10 
*Patron Price $20
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