Friday, April 10, 2015
The three talks in this series, presented by the Shambhala International Working Group on Aging, explore the challenges of reconnecting with our inherent dignity and confidence throughout the aging process. Join us, and save these dates.
Talk 1 - "As the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Old," with Dr. Aaron Snyder
Dr. Snyder led a discussion of how the Four Dignities show us the path of basic healthiness in old age, and he offered practical suggestions from his years as a geriatrician. Discussion was on the view and intention that protects confidence and cheerfulness in old age.
Aaron Snyder, MD, began his clinical career as a home health aide with Dana Home Care in 1981. He has had medical practices in general family medicine, geriatrics and medical ethics. Dr. Snyder attended Seminary in 1978, and has been a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for 30 years. He is currently personal physician to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his family, and commander of the Lamen Corps of the Dorje Kasung.
Talk 2 - "As the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Older. Still." with Dr. Aaron Snyder
Dr. Snyder continues exploring how the Four Dignities show us the path of basic healthiness in old age, and he offered practical suggestions from his years as a geriatrician. In Talk 1, the first two dignities (Tiger and Lion) were discussed. See above for his bio.
Talk 3 - "The Swift Passage of Time," with Shastri Jeffrey Stevens
Is life long or short? How valuable is each day? If we ignore simple truths about aging and impermanence we lapse easily into aloofness toward our mortality while seeming to act as if our life will continue forever. In this talk, Jeffrey Stevens will help us contemplate our real situation so that we can recognize the most important opportunities before us. According to the Shambhala teachings, establishing a realistic outlook toward the passage of time enables us to harvest vast moments of nowness that bring meaning and vision into our everyday experience.
Shastri Jeffrey Stevens first met Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1996, and has served him as editor and Machen. He was appointed Shastri in 2010, and Herald of the Kalapa Court in 2014. He runs a financial management firm in Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and cat. Born in Hawaii, he plays a guitar handmade in Cognac, France. He is beloved by his ever-increasing number of students, who enjoy his humor and benefit immensely from his profound grasp of the tenets of the Path.
Note: If you prefer to register for just one or two talks, click here.