Shambhala Dharma Nights: Celebrating "Old Age Warriorship" Month
January 9 / 7:00 PM - January 30 / 9:00 PM
January is "Old Age Warriorship Month" for Shambhala Online. In that spirit, we will be offering a series of evenings in which we delve into this aspect of life, so very relevant to us all. Whether we're approaching our 'senior' years, caring for a family member or loved one who is struggling through them now, or still in our youthful prime of life where that realm seems so very far away, by the very fact of birth, we are all touched by its inevitable consequence; sickness, old-age and death. So wherever we currently find ourselves on that continuum called 'our life', it is well worth pausing and at least contemplating these realities. We invite you to join us in doing just that with these January offerings:
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 - 9 PM Meditation and a Movie: "Young@Heart"
We begin our series on a light-hearted note with the viewing of this funny yet tenderly poignant documentary. Young@Heart "... documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth. Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events." Written by Fox Searchlight
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 - 9 PM: Aging and the Arising of Wisdom, an online talk by Acharya Emerita Judy Lief
This is the first presentation in an online education series co-sponsored by 'The Shambhala Working Group on Aging' that will focus on growing older, "enlightened retirement", death and dying. Although the program is pre-recorded, we will engage in our own live discussions.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 - 9 PM: Relating with Aging and Grief, an online talk by Acharya Emily Bower
This is the second presentation in the online education series co-sponsored by The Shambhala Working Group on Aging. Although the program is pre-recorded, we will engage in our own live discussions.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 - 9 PM: The Experience of Illness in Older Age, an online talk by Ann Cason and David Whithorn
This is the third presentation in the online education series co-sponsored by The Shambhala Working Group on Aging. Although the program is pre-recorded, we will engage in our own live discussions.
There are no prerequisites for the 'Shambhala Working Group on Aging' online series. You may attend any evening as your circumstances allow; full attendance at all sessions is not a requirement.
Each evening will begin with a brief period of meditation (instruction will be provided for those new to the practice).
Our Wednesday night Open Houses are typically free of charge. However, for the three online talks (Jan. 16, 23 and 30), we will need to send payment to Shambhala Online.
They are requesting the following per participant:
General: $30 for the 3-class online series or $15 per online session
Seniors 55+: $24 for the 3-class online series or $12 per online session
Please do not let financial hardship be a barrier to attending these evenings...rather, please come and offer what you can.
(There is no charge for the "Meditation and a Movie" night Jan 9; however, donations to the Center are always welcome.)