Articles and News about Aging and Enlightened Society

Old Age and the Path

Old Age and the Path

By Han de Wit Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2016 “…freeing oneself from how we used to feel about our practice as it has been defined by our lineage, that is, as defined from the outside, we can and hopefully will be able to redefine our practice from the inside.”...

Awakening to the Stages of Life

Awakening to the Stages of Life

By Ann Cason “The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and  all individual beings flow into their forms.”     I Ching By the year 2030 if you live in South Korea you can expect to live on average for 91 years.   In the United States average length of life is...

Life is Full of Surprises

Life is Full of Surprises

By Patton Hyman A couple of years ago I wrote a book that I recently self-published. The challenges I faced during the months of writing The Inner Advantage: Applying Mindfulness in Business and Law—and Everywhere Else! were the ones that face any writer. Am I making...

Launching the Aging Hub

Launching the Aging Hub

By Ann Cason and CamilleYarbrough. The AGING HUB  (http://aging-hub.shambhala.org), a new project of the Shambhala Working Group on Aging, will be launched on December 17, 2016.   It has been funded by the Shambhala Trust and by donations from the sangha.  I hope and...

New and noteworthy on the Aging Hub

New and noteworthy on the Aging Hub

By Jan Rogerson. FACILITATOR GUIDES FOR AGING SALONS.  Ann Cason and Jenny Warwick piloted a series of discussion groups, or salons, on aging in 2015-16 and have produced downloadable guides so that the salons can be available to any group that would like to gather to...

Morphine and the Mind at the End of Life

Morphine and the Mind at the End of Life

By Jacquie Bell. Caring for someone at the end of their life can be both an honor and a challenge.  An ”honor” because we are called upon to be truly “present” at a time when our hearts and the person’s (and their family’s)  are the most open and vulnerable.  A...

Lift from below

Lift from below

by Victoria Howard, PhD. My education in compassionate action began in my first meeting with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the summer of 1971. I did not know who he was or what he was. I was not interested in Buddhism particularly. I was curious about group living and...

Aging as path in Shambhala: David Whitehorn

Aging as path in Shambhala: David Whitehorn

by Andrea Sherman. Our aging as path series is inspired by Japanese culture, where we recognize those individuals who are regarded as preservers of important intangible cultural properties.  Our first in this series is David Whitehorn (Shambhala name: Mountain Drum),...

Come Together –  Right Now! Over Me!

Come Together –  Right Now! Over Me!

by Cara Thornley.  This old Beatles lyric, accurately describes the compassionate view of the Northeast Kingdom VT Shambhala Community in coming together to care of their aging, sick and dying sangha members. This “coming together” is recalled here, mostly from the...

The Paul Warwick I remember

The Paul Warwick I remember

By Bill Kimbro. Paul had good stories, some about himself and some about other people. Some of my favorites are about his times in the presence of his beloved teacher. The other favorites are my own memories of our times together. As Paul was fond of joking, “Whoever...

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