Buddhism teaches us the Five Remembrances: I am of the nature to grow old, I am of the nature to have ill-health, I am of the nature to die, All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.

In this book selection, we examine the Eight Gates of Wisdom as Dr. Arrien ushers us through each of these meaningful thresholds; to remember our impermanent nature. What is the most important thing to remember as we move toward the end of our journey? We are all moving toward the end of our journey no matter what our chronological age. She asks: How will you live a meaningful life with the time you have remaining? What contributions are still important for you to make?

Angeles Arrien, cultural anthropologist with Basque roots, offers us an incentive “to embrace elderhood (and all life) with dignity, grace, wisdom and unlimited generativity (guiding the next generation).” Using her decades of work studying diverse cultures and the “universal beliefs shared by humanity”, Arrien opens up the gates of wisdom for the reader to experience each chapter, each gate, through that of a task, a challenge, a gift, a reflection and a practice. We need to shift our perspective and learn to live these years fully, these decades more fully. We are all entering, leaving the gates, crossing thresholds and this can be where deep lessons and wisdom lie and prepare us for our initiation into our wisdom years. May we all remember that to leave the world a better place for future generations is to have lived a meaningful life, and to have succeeded -Angeles Arrien, (1940-2014)

Please join the book club to meet new experiences, to reflect on the roles we’ve played, to assume new roles, to care for and enjoy our bodies, to deepen relationships, to develop courage and replenish our souls and practice non-attachment, the Buddhist practice of letting go.  We have not formally scheduled the Book Club but expect it to be in early June.  See calendar for actual date.