Program Details

Aging and the Arising of Wisdom: A Shambhala Online Talk

with Judy Lief
May 16 / 7:00 PM - May 16 / 9:00 PM

Thursday, May 16, 7 – 9 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Come gather with other Shambhala community members to watch this relevant, penetrating and inspiring talk about the Outer, Inner and Secret aspects of aging. Acharya Lief explodes some of the concepts around “healthy aging” and conventional society’s view of old people, while describing the spiritual opportunities presented by having less to do, fewer roles to maintain and the chance to work with our preconceptions of what we had planned to achieve in our lives.

The evening can serve as the beginning of a conversation about how we in Boston would like to support each other as we age, setting a direction and shaping our exploration of the topic over the coming months and year.

We may schedule a replay of the talk in early June if there is a demand for such.


Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher, author, and editor of Buddhist texts. She divides her time between teaching, writing, editing, and service. Judy was a close student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage recognized Ms. Lief as a senior teacher, or “acharya.”  Judy worked closely with Trungpa Rinpoche as executive editor of Vajradhatu Publications, as head of study and practice for Vajradahtu Seminaries, and from 1980-1985 as the Dean of Naropa University.  Currently she is the Executive Editor of Vajradhatu Publications and the Series Editor for the Dharma Oceans series, a collection of Trungpa Rinpoche’s work published by Shambhala Publications, Boston. Her most well-known book is Making Friends with Death, published by Shambhala Publications.

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