Ageing – What the Buddhists say

Do you fear old age? Those aches & pains that often come with getting older?

As we get older, most of us experience physiological & emotional change – and it can be frightening.  We cling desperately to youth, as it falls like sand through our fingers. 

According to Tibetan Buddhism, from the moment of birth, we are preparing for death. Our bodies change second by millisecond from newborn to toddler, from toddler to infant and so on. 

Ageing is inevitable and cannot be stopped at any cost.  So why do we cause ourselves so much anguish? Why do we not embrace these changes instead of constantly fighting against them?

One reason, we are so fixated now on materialism and image. Botox & plastic surgery, veneers & teeth whiteners, even serums with the promise of eternal youth.

In the West ( but not exclusively) we spend millions of looking good, forgetting that none of it is permanent

As our gums recede with age the veneers will loosen. The botox will wear off and skin will inevitably start to sag, even in areas the plastic surgeon worked their magic.

You see, even though we no longer carry the wrecklessness of youth, our increasingly fragile minds & bodies are sacred, and worthy of the greatest kindness.

To respect our aging at every stage, is the greatest kindness we can offer ourselves & those we love.

With age comes great wisdom which must not be wasted because it paves the way for future generations.


Published by Karunaearthmedic

Welcome to KARUNA the Aladdin’s cave of great thoughts, tips and shared experience. KARUNA is a Sanskrit mantra meaning Compassion (KA RU NA) Julie Kelly is a practitioner & scholar of Tibetan Buddhism & also a Holistic Therapist. Following many years in India, Julie applies an East West approach to all her work, whether it’s with humans or animals. “All sentient beings need a little help at some time in their lives”, explains Julie. Kindness is always available and should always be shared. Julie is an approved member of the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM) Following a huge ‘leap of faith’ in 2010, Julie left her 20+ yr job as a Mental Health social worker to travel India. There she ended up studying with some of the greatest meditators & highest Buddhist masters. That’s Julie’s story.... You can contact Julie @ Instagram @ tenzindaseljulie You Tube @ Mind Medicine Facebook @ Tibetan Buddhist Study & Debate Group.

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