Upaya Sangha of Tucson Winter-Spring 2019 Study Group
Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death
Mu Soeng, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki
January through April, 2019
Participation will be profitable for dharma practitioners now into old age;it will be profitable for dharma practitioners who expect to arrive at old age;
it will be profitable for dharma practitioners, young or old, who wish to die well.
While Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death is easy reading, discussion of the material may not always give up easy answers. The authors Mu Soeng, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki, practice in the Korean Zen, Thai Forest (Theravada) and early Buddhist (Theravada) traditions, respectively.
The book is organized topically, with each author offering commentary and concludes with questions for readers’ contemplation. We’ll be discussing such concerns as:
A shift in focus
using the opportunity that aging affords to turn towards spiritual goals
Reflections on one’s actions
distinguishing between the virtue of remorse and obstacle of regret
knowing diminished sensual pleasure and pleasure that is freedom from want
discerning the distinctions between pain and reactivity to pain
Clarity of mind
recognizing clarity that is independent of a weakened, decrepit or dying body
Letting loved ones go
offering uncomplicated care and companionship to dying loved ones
Taking one’s own life
thinking through the complex interplay of intention and transgression
Enjoying liberation from within conditions rather than liberation from conditions
REQUIREMENTS: A copy of Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death; a computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same.
FEE: $10.00 (the cost of materials and TCMC space use contribution). No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
TO REGISTER: Mail a $10.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102 Tucson, AZ 85705-8807. Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 27, 2018
WHEN: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of Jan., Feb, Mar., Apr, of 2019
LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center; 1231 E. Edison Tucson, AZ. The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.
PARKING: It is important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far. Thank you.
CONTACT: Christine Johnson; firstname.lastname@example.org; 520-207-8718