The process of aging confronts us directly with the most foundational Buddhist teaching: the reality of impermanence. 

Growing older brings many challenges and difficulties, but what of the opportunities of aging? What awakenings, growth and transformation might come from embracing our elder years? 

Join authors and Buddhist teachers Lewis Richmond and Douglas Penick for a conversation on aging as a profound teaching in impermanence. Together, they will explore questions including how to manage the increased uncertainty that getting older brings and finding the seeds of awakening in confronting our own mortality. Lewis Richmond is the author of books including Aging as a Spiritual Practice and Every Breath, New Chances: Aging with Honor and Dignity—A Guide for Men and the teacher of Tricycle’s popular online course, Aging as a Spiritual Practice. Douglas Penick is a Tricycle contributor and author of books including The Age of Waiting and The Winter Sun, a collection of essays on the creativity that can flourish in old age. 

Join Richmond and Penick for this hour-long discussion of the complex inner experiences associated with aging, the challenges and opportunities of confronting mortality and impermanence, and the spiritual gifts to be found within elderhood. 

This event, hosted as part of Tricycle’s monthly speaker series, is free for Tricycle Premium subscribers and $10 for general admission. Subscribe to Premium or upgrade your existing subscription for free access.

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Lewis Richmond

Lewis Richmond is an ordained disciple of the Buddhist master, Suzuki Roshi, and a lineage holder in that tradition. He is the author of four books: the national bestseller Work as a Spiritual Practice; the award-winning Healing Lazarus (a memoir of his experience with and recovery from a rare neurological disease); the highly praised A Whole Life’s Work, a sequel and companion to his first book, and the award-winning Aging as a Spiritual Practice. His forthcoming book is Every Breath, New Chances: Aging with Honor and Dignity—A Guide for Men.

Douglas Penick

Douglas Penick has written texts for operas (Munich, Santa Fe), video (Leonard Cohen, narrator) and novels. His short work has appeared in Tricycle, Berfrois, Arrowsmith, Descant, New England Review, Parabola, Chicago Quarterly, Agni, Kyoto Journal, The Utne Reader, etc. His book of essays, The Age of Waiting on cultural resonances of ecological collapse, was published in 2021 by Arrowsmith Press. In 2023, New York Review Books will publish The Oceans of Cruelty, his retelling of an ancient Indian story cycle as narrative virus.


  • Date: December 15, 2022
  • Time: 4-5 p.m. ET
  • Format: Zoom webinar
  • Price: Premium subscribers: Free // General admission: $10