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. Join us after the first of the year for our live Sunday events. 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. Join us, and save these dates.

3 Talks for the Price of 2. Register for individual programs at the links below at $15 per person, or register here for all 3 programs for $30 total (save $15).

Important Updates:  The March 8 program, “Dementia in Everyday Life,” with Ann Cason,  is canceled due to health reasons. Talk 2 in this series is now scheduled for April 5 with Dr. Aaron Snyder, who will continue exploring the four dignities in the context of aging, expanding on his February presentation with,  “As the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Older. Still.” Talk 3, Shastri Jeffrey Stevens on “The Swift Passage of Time,” is now scheduled for May 10.



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. Recording now available. Register here..



Ann CasonDementia in Everyday Life – with Ann Cason

This program is postponed; new date to be determined. 


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. Register here..


JeffreyStevensThe Swift Passage of Time with Shastri 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.

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. Register here.



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Aging Program Library

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

2015 — Aging with Dignity and Confidence

Talk 1:  “As the Warrior of Shambhala Grows Old” with Dr. Aaron Snyder





2014 — 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 — 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