Aging Resources



The Shambhala Working Group on Aging sponsors online education programs that focus on growing older, “enlightened retirement,” death, dying and other topics relevant to elders. The format consists of a presentation with a teacher, discussion, and questions. Scroll down the page to find programs from previous years.





The 2015 Series:  Aging with Dignity and Confidence

Considering the emotional and physical suffering induced by the natural process of aging, how do we stay connected with our human dignity? The three talks in this series explore the challenges of reconnecting with our inherent dignity and confidence throughout the aging process.

AJS.lhasang.newAs the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Old with Dr. Aaron Snyder

Sunday, February 8, 2pm Atlantic

Dr. Snyder led a discussion of how the Four Dignities show us the path of basic healthiness in old age. Registration is no longer available for the 2015 Series.


AJS.lhasang.newAs the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Older. Still. with Dr. Aaron Snyder

Sunday, April 5, 2pm Atlantic
Dr. Snyder will continue exploring how the Four Dignities show us the path of basic healthiness in old age, and he will offer practical suggestions from his years as a geriatrician. We will discuss the view and intention that protects confidence and cheerfulness in old age. In his February 8 talk, the first two dignities (Tiger and Lion) were discussed. It’s not necessary to view that talk in order to join this program. 

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. Registration is no longer available for the 2015 Series.


JeffreyStevensThe Swift Passage of Time with Jeffrey Stevens

Sunday, May 10, 2pm Atlantic
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.

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. Registration is no longer available for the 2015 Series.


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Aging Program Library

To register for recordings of earlier programs, click on the links below.

2014 Series — Facing Death Fearlessly

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Talk 1 – “Getting Intimate with Death” with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief 




Talk 2 – “Fearlessness: Contemplating the Bardo” with Acharya Eric Spiegel


Talk 3 – “Obstacles into Opportunity” with Andrew Holecek




2013 Series — Old Age is for Warriors

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.Talk 1 – “Aging and the Arising of Wisdom” with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief



Talk 2 – “Relating with Aging and Grief” with Acharya Emily Bower





Talk 3 – “The Experience of Illness in Older Age” with Ann Cason and David Whitehorn