Medicine & Compassion with David R. Shlim, M.D.

David Shlim, MD

November 6–8, 2009

Tuition $170 + 2 nights

We would all like to be more compassionate. Studies show that compassionate physicians and nurses “engender better clinical decision-making” and “stay better focused on the true needs of their patients.” But while we all have moments of compassion, the feeling is usually limited and fleeting, particularly as we meet the immense emotional and professional demands placed on us. So what is it that keeps us from being truly compassionate caregivers? Based on the seminal book Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers, this workshop draws on the insights of Tibetan Buddhism to answer this question, exploring how we can cultivate greater compassion both personally and professionally. You will learn practical meditation skills aimed at diminishing burnout and discover ways to engage with intense suffering with wisdom and open-heartedness. This program will be of particular value for those who are already in a caregiving profession, including doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers. However, anyone with an interest in expanding their own compassion is welcome to attend. The program also serves as an overall introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and explores why compassion is at the core of this philosophy. You will return to your hectic day-to-day life equipped with the resources you need to meet each challenge with vast and lasting compassion.

David R. Shlim, M.D., is the co-author, with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, of Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers. Dr. Shlim directed the world’s busiest destination travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu for fifteen years, during which time he also offered free medical care to the Tibetan Buddhist monastic community and newly-arrived Tibetan refugees. He was the personal physician of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche for 11 years, and has been a student of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche for over 25 years. Their collaboration on Medicine and Compassion represents the first time that authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings have been tailored for caregivers in the West. In addition to teaching about medicine and compassion, Dr. Shlim is one of the most respected travel medicine experts in the world.Recommended Reading: Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche with David R. Shlim, M.D.; Wisdom Publications, Boston 2004. For more information about the book visit www.medicineandcompassion.com.

David Shlim, MD

David R. Shlim, MD, is the co-author, with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, of Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers. Dr. Shlim directed the world’s busiest destination travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu for fifteen years, during which time he also offered free medical care to the Tibetan Buddhist monastic community and newly-arrived Tibetan refugees. In addition to teaching about medicine and compassion, Dr. Shlim is one of the most respected travel medicine experts in the world. For more information, visit www.medicineandcompassion.com.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.