BUddhism journal

Topics: Old age, Ageing Pages: 2 (677 words) Published: November 5, 2014
Journal
 Entry
 1
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
October
 6
 2014
 

 
Today
  was
  my
  first
  day
  at
  the
  Poydras
  home
  and
  it
  was
  mainly
  an
 
orientation
  session.
 
  It
  would
  be
  my
  first
  time
  ever
  visiting
  an
  old
  age
  home.
  I
 
prepared
 for
 the
 session
 by
 just
 reading
 about
 old
 people
 in
 the
 United
 States.
 I
 
was
  not
  too
  keen
  on
  meeting
  old
  people,
  as
  I
  believed
  that
  they
  would
  be
  slow
 
 
and
 I
 wouldn’t
 have
 the
 patience
 to
 deal
 with
 them.
 However,
 after
 helping
 Elena
 
lead
  the
  BINGO
  session,
  I
  realized
  that
  age
  is
  just
  a
  number;
  it
  was
  fascinating
  to
 
see
 how
 a
 96-­‐year-­‐old
 lady
 was
 walking
 around
 talking
 clearly.
 I
 got
 to
 know
 that
 
in
  life
  as
  long
  as
  you
  are
  mentally
  fit,
  that
  in
  turn
  provides
  increased
  physical
 
benefits
  as
  I
  witnessed
  in
  the
  Poydras
  Home.
 
  From
  a
  Buddhism
  perspective,
  I
 
did
  see
  a
  lot
  of
  suffering,
  but
  I
  saw
  it
  as
  something
  that
  happens
  to
  everybody
 
and
  nobody
  is
  immune
  to
  it.
  I
  don’t
  think
  people
  were
  suffering
  from
  old
  age,
 
most
  people
  were
  battling
  illnesses.
  Since
  it
  was
  just
  an
  orientation
  I
  didn’t
 
prepare
 that
 much
 but
 I
 was
 certainly...
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