Aging as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond

Aging as a Spiritual Practice

The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation. Everything changes. For 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, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and grat...

Details Aging as a Spiritual Practice

TitleAging as a Spiritual Practice
Release DateJan 5th, 2012
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Religion, Buddhism, Self Help

Reviews Aging as a Spiritual Practice

  • Donna
    I liked this, which is really saying something, because I didn't like the audio narration. It was so annoying. The author is Buddhist. I found his outlook interesting. Some of it felt enlightening and certainly gave me food for thought. But with that being said, some of this had me rolling my eyes as well. So 3 stars.
  • Yelda Basar Moers
    Buddhist priest and teacher Lewis Richmond is his latest book Aging as a Spiritual Practice begins with what he believes are the four stages of aging. The first stage “Lightning Strikes,” is a realization that we are growing old. The sensation comes out of nowhere, unexpectedly, like a bolt from above. I am only thirty-five years old, but this is exactly what happened to me recently, before I had even been assigned to read this book as a Libr...
  • Joan Winnek
    This book immediately grabbed me with its chapter on lightning strikes. My own lightening strike happened about six months ago, and had several forks.This is a book to keep and reread for its many insights into aging and the clearest explanation of Buddhism I have found. The writing is engaging, and the contemplative reflections are activities I want to work through, slowly.
  • Barbara
    A lot of good ideas here for appreciating every moment of your life. It's written from a Buddhist perspective, but is applicable to any philosophy. The book included lots of stories about people facing their aging and ultimate deaths and had contemplative exercises to do, as well as a schedule for a do it yourself spiritual retreat. One of the concepts I found interesting was vertical time--time as it exists in THIS breath, as opposed to horizont...
  • John Kaufmann
    I originally gave this two-stars, but have upgraded it after re-reading it (i.e., listening to the audiobook.) While not full of gems, it was full of a quiet wisdom. The book also provides numerous mindfulness/meditation exercises, which appear to be tailored to those of us who are aging.
  • Ellen
    I am currently part of a meditation group named from the title of this book and informed by ideas and suggested practices in it. The book is rich and dense. Having just finished reading it and taking notes, I will need to take the time to digest and integrate its perspectives and offerings. I have no doubt that at some point in the near future, I will also reread it, more slowly. Overall, I am feeling more hopeful about aging, more committed to p...
  • Sara
    I was fortunate to win a copy of this book through Goodreads.This book is a great resource for those of us that are starting to realize we aren't "young" anymore, or at least as young as we used to be. Richmond goes through the different phases of aging, the first of which is "Lightning Strikes" - that first moment you notice things aren't quite what they used to be (a grey hair, creaky knees, kids going off to college, illness, whatever). He use...
  • Joann Amidon
    Two things happened this year: my friend, Janet, mentioned Atul Gawande's book, On Being Mortal, and I turned 75. As a result of these two events, I have been reading many books about dying and this book is one of the better ones. It is based on the spiritual and brings to the reader a calm approach to the inevitable. I highly recommend it to anyone who might be feeling unsure about the direction of their life now that they are "retired" and in t...
  • Linda Robinson
    The interior of this book is as soft-focus as the exterior picture of the lotus. If you are aging at the same speed the rest of us are, and have not yet made some measure of peace with that, this is the book for you. Richmond handles the inevitability that aging has an end point with Zen calmness, and he shares the feeling with his prose. The book is organized by issues related to getting old, and a reader is free to roam and contemplate. That's ...
  • Dpdwyer
    Even with a twenty-plus year zen practice, I found useful practice ideas in the book. It should prove more helpful to those without a meditation practice. Quotes:Shunryu Suzuki (About dying): "Don't worry. Nothing is going to happen."Stephen Levine: "Don't worry. Dying is perfectly safe."
  • Tom
    "The awareness that you are here right now is the ultimate fact."
  • Susan Rothenberg
    A thoughtful book about some of the issues of aging and ways that spiritual practices can help with the transitions along the way. Though Lew is a Buddhist priest, his suggestions are universal.
  • Karen
    I've read several books on spirituality and aging that are influenced by Buddhist teachings, but this one foregrounds Buddhism the most. Richmond pens essays that explore age-related topics such as role loss, aging bodies, disability, grief, and other losses. He also profiles about a dozen people who are in the second half of life and how they are reinventing themselves to create opportunities. He also quotes a handful of people, chief among them...
  • Marj
    I would give it a 3 1/2. It didn't add a lot of new information on meditation but gave it an interesting twist towards how to apply it to the aging process. Richmond is a Zen Buddhist priest. Most of my reading has been in the Tibetan tradition. He acknowledges the differences. There is a lot of quiet wisdom here for any age. I particularly liked the section on compartmentalization and have found it a useful practice. I also liked the visualizati...
  • Ronna Jevne & Harold Martin
    Most of my jaunts into the literature about aging is anything but uplifting. L. Richmond invites me to see my aging as a journey to great insight, wisdom, and joy but without pontificating about the "golden years". His emphasis on strengths, enjoyment,, and gratitude are a welcome change. The author brings to the dialogue the essential Buddhist non-judgemental perspectives that tend to be absence for discussions of aging. It is never too late to ...
  • Melanie Rigney
    I devoured this book on my 61st birthday. Richmond's examples of struggling with aging... and finding some comfort in faith, regardless of one's tradition... are well told. I met the next day with a Trappist monk about my age who noted that our generation in some ways is forging new ground, as many of the wise spiritual writers were dead by the time they were our age. He said he wondered why no one is writing about this. I said, "There is!", gave...
  • Chris Worthy
    This book is among several recommended by a friend who is also counselor. It is fantastic. Though the author is Buddhist, he makes clear (correctly so) that the principles are for people of all beliefs. This book is filled with beautiful reminders that I am challenging myself to employ in the second half of life.
  • Bonnie Cowan
    Aging from a generic Buddhist perspective .... some practices to develop ...and how to face mortality with peace and grace ... enjoyed it!
  • Amy
    For Judy Myers Avis's course on Spirituality and Aging. A useful book about letting go of ego and becoming more spiritual as we age. Easy to read. Some interesting stories.
  • Maureen
    Engagingly written.. strong Buddhist thread, unsurprising since the author is a Buddhist priest. Love the many resources. I'm planning to do all the exercises over the next few months. A treasure!
  • Sherri
    4 stars
  • Ninon
    Lewis Richmond is someone I consider a friend on my spiritual path. Forgive me as I become a little sentimental. I met him around 2002 as I was just coming out of the dark ages of my Fundamentalist Christian experience. I was a wreck and was avoiding any aspect of Spirituality. I limped into a bookstore in Sonoma, CA and happened to hear him speaking about his first book, "Work as a Spiritual Practice." It was an idea that had never occurred to m...
  • Clara
    For me, this book sits somewhere between the available ratings of "It was OK" and "I liked it." Lewis Richmond writes ably enough about the value of living comfortably with aging. He offers exercises to help us do this; he suggests rituals to put us in a receptive frame of mind, and he uses the example of his own near-death illness to good effect. But, as I'm won't to say when it's difficult to find examples that illustrate my general feelings of...
  • Mark Soone
    I very seldom give a 1 star rating, so I feel I need to offer a reason. I won this copy on goodreads, based solely upon the title. I guess I should have gone ahead and read the write up on this book. I assumed (I know you should not do that!), off of the title that it would deal with Christian principles towards aging rather than a more universal term of SPIRITUAL! I won't waste my time or yours debating the principles that guide my life and thos...
  • Elaine
    If you are new to personal contemplative spiritual practice this book will help you enormously. There are prayers, rituals, and practices easily performed almost anywhere. There is a thoroughly described guide to one day retreat you can do at home. If you are new to buddhist concepts this is a good overview of their application in relation to aging. If you are not new to personal contemplative spiritual practice, this book offers some good sugges...
  • Kate Lawrence
    This has much that will be helpful to the over-60 as well as to younger people who are caring for aging family members. The text is interspersed with the author's reminiscences of studying in his youth with famed Buddhist teacher Shunryu Suzuki, and "Contemplative Reflections" that assist in looking at life in helpful ways quite different from mainstream viewpoints. Not just for Buddhists or meditators, though, the book provides comfort for anyon...
  • Patricia
    I got some useful tidbits from this book, and I'm glad I read it, but it will not sit at the top of my heap of inspirational books. I think Richmond made a mistake trying to address the book to readers of spiritual persuasions other than Buddhism. The tactic kind of watered down the Buddhist aspects, and I doubt if it will actually win very many readers of other persuasions. For the most part, I enjoyed his examples, especially the ones that told...
  • Meg
    I was drawn to this book by its title. We may as well approach aging as growth rather than loss. As I got into it, I enjoyed Lew Richmond's reminiscences of his time with Suzuki Roshi, his own struggles and insights around illness and aging, and his honest and informal conversations with people and their learnings on aging. There was lovely insight on what it means to be an "extraordinary elder", keeping open and alert to life's wonders, no matte...
  • Christine Celata
    I rate this book really highly because I found it to be so interesting and useful. I've read a bunch of Buddhist books and this one is one of the best. It is not written for Buddhists, however. It is useful for anyone, and written in language that won't offend or make you uncomfortable. It doesn't rely on reincarnation to make you comfortable with aging and death. It does, however, include really good practices for including in meditation or just...