Affinity Group

Greeting the Heavenly Messengers - Illness, Old Age, and Death

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA.
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am

In December, the group will start reading and discussing

Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness and Death by Mu Soeng, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia and Andrew Olendzki.

The material in the book was originally designed for a program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. The teachers come from three Buddhist traditions.

From an Amazon review: “This book is powerful and invigorating. It demands of its readers that they open out into taboo topics that can make one tremble such as aging, sickness, and death. But the book also provides a panel of wise and friendly voices to commune with as one contemplates these great eminences among life’s questions.”

The book is available here.

About the Group

It is common for us to live our lives as if things will stay pretty much as they are. Facing the reality of the inevitability of death, and the strong probability of illness and the effects of aging, takes willingness and courage. Spiritual friends can help us prepare for these parts of our lives and learn to accept them. As Rumi says,

It is common for us to live our lives as if things will stay pretty much as they are. Facing the reality of the inevitability of death, and the strong probability of illness and the effects of aging, takes willingness and courage. Spiritual friends can help us prepare for these parts of our lives and learn to accept them. As Rumi says,

 

Be grateful for whatever comes,
Because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

 Photo by meteo021/iStock / Getty Images
 

This is an open meeting. We welcome your participation. Activities include meditation, dharma talks, readings, and sharing of challenges and wisdom.

If you register below, you will get reminders about the group and occasional announcements. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Questions about the group can be directed to Alby Quinlan at alby@insightsd.org

IS THERE A COST TO JOIN THIS GROUP?

Following a 2,500 year tradition in which the community financially supports the offerings provided, the teachings and meditation sessions in this group are offered on a generosity (Dana) basis.  No one is turned away because they cannot give. We are encouraging members to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

We look forward to seeing you! We also encourage bringing a guest.

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