December 2001 – February 2002
Back in 1975, Lama Yeshe said to social worker Judy Weitzner, “When I see how old people … are treated in America, it makes my heart break. If you can, do something about it.” She has spent the last 25 years working with older adults.
By the time I began this phase of my career, I had a lot of Dharma teaching under my belt and was wondering how I could help people make significant beneficial changes in their lives. I could not accept the view of aging that was being put forth in graduate school courses in gerontology – the professor actually called it “the downward spiral of degradation.” I was convinced that there was purpose and meaning throughout the life cycle, and that life experience itself helps people gain wisdom…elderly, socially engaged buddhism