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I am Lewis Richmond, Buddhist teacher, musician, and author of three 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).

 MUSICIAN

I am the co-founder and composer for THE MELANTHIUM BAND.  This new jazz-inflected contemporary classical ensemble (Violin, Trumpet, Piano, String Bass) has been performing its unique blend of all-original “chamber fusion” music for over a year now.  Check out our Melanthium website.  “Fabulous music!” said one listener.  “Colorful and intriguing music!” said another.  

AUTHOR

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.

APRIL 24, 2013: AGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE WINS NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD GOLD MEDAL IN AGING / RETIREMENT CATEGORY. 

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 is being reiussed June 2011 as an e-book.  Look for it on Amazon Kindle or wherever e-books are sold.  My other books HEALING LAZARUS and A WHOLE LIFE’S WORK 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.