I am Lewis Richmond, Buddhist teacher, musician, and author of four published books including the recently published AGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: A CONTEMPLATIVE GUIDE TO GROWING OLDER AND WISER  (Gotham Books, a division of Penguin USA, January 2012).

NEWS FOR NOVEMBER, 2016.  My music group, The Melanthium Ensemble, most recently performed at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA.  We took great photos of the event (check them out on our website above); we also recorded the whole concert, and selected audio will be posted on our website soon.  It was a great event, well-attended and by all accounts well appreciated.  Melanthium just finished an original soundtrack for a 30 minute nature documentary.  The soundtrack audio will be posted soon on the Melanthium website.

In February, 2016, I retired from Buddhist public teaching.  I am working on writing, editing, and supporting other Buddhist teachers in their work.  More recently, I dissolved the Tiburon branch of The Vimala Sangha.  

I have not posted my monthly THOUGHTS for a year, but I am thinking of starting up again.  When I do, I will post to all my social media followers that there is something new to read.  


I am the co-founder and composer for THE MELANTHIUM ENSEMBLE.  This new contemporary classical ensemble (Violin, Trumpet, Piano, String Bass, Percussion) has been performing its unique blend of all-original “chamber fusion” music for nearly three years now.  Check out our Melanthium website.  “Fabulous music!” said one listener.  “Colorful and intriguing music!” said another.  As our website explains, aside from selected live performance venues, Melanthium is specializing in film soundtrack.  We have a few projects in the hopper.  Stay tuned!


My latest book, AGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: A CONTEMPLATIVE GUIDE TO GROWING OLDER AND WISER, applies traditional Buddhist teaching and contemplative practice to the timely issue of how to find contentment and wisdom throughout the aging process. Here is an excerpt from the book jacket:

On the road that anyone fortunate enough to have lived this long must take, the first truth of aging is also the first truth of Buddhist teaching: Everything changes. In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond helps us understand how the transformation can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, a wealth of appreciation and a depth of gratitude that profoundly affects how our lives proceed.

Richmond offers an inner roadmap for aging, acknowledging the fear, anger, and sorrow many people experience when they must confront the indignities of their aging bodies and the unknowns associated with mortality, as well as explaining the four key stages of aging.

“This book guides us in navigating aging and reaping the blessings of happiness, openheartedness and inner freedom.  Lewis Richmond writes from the radiance of his own discovery—he is fresh, clear and wise.”

—Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance

“As someone who recently turned 70, I ate up Lewis Richmond’s words. The book is fun and enlightening. I’ll never forget some of the stories and the sharp formulas the author uses to remember how to age with some pleasure. The Buddhist point of view is especially fresh and useful. There’s some Zen in all of us, deep down.”

—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand

PAPERBACK VERSION  RELEASED JAN. 2013.  To buy on Amazon click here.


NEW (Feb. 17, 2013).  See the Teachings page  for four new teaching videos from a recent book reading.


NEW: (Feb. 24, 2013).  Songs of Lazarus, Lewis’ piano solo album of original compositions is downloadable from Amazon MP3 here.

This is the Itunes link.

 Selected songs from this album NOW released on YouTube

My book WORK AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE , originally published in 1998 when for a time it was a national bestseller, is still in print.  Click on the links under its cover photo on this page to purchase.  My other books HEALING LAZARUS (a healing memoir about my near-death experience from a brain infection) and A WHOLE LIFE’S WORK (the human life cycle from youth to old age seen from a Buddhist perspective) are available in multiple editions–see the sidebar at right to purchase.

Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Buddhist Guide to Inner Satisfaction on the Job, and continued with my second book Healing Lazarus, published in 2002 which recounts my struggles with a devastating neurological illness, and continued with the publication in 2004 of A Whole Life’s Work, which examined the spiritual aspects of the various stages of a human life, from childhood to old age.