Cultivating Courage: Accompanying loved ones in crises and at the end of life

The most essential thing when someone close to us faces a crises, ill health or dying is to establish an unafraid, heartfelt communication.  It takes courage and sensitivity to walk alongside with them on their journey. Seeing them struggle can leave us feeling helpless, and can bring us face to face with our own fears and unresolved issues. This evening is an opportunity to learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist view of illness, dying and death and discover practical ways that we can become more skillful in our communication, and genuinely support others so that they can find their own source of strength and meaning.


Kirsten DeLeo is an International Senior Instructor in Riga. Drawing on many years of experience accompanying people through the last phase of their lives, she leads trainings for professionals and the public in Europe and the US under the auspices of Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Program. Since 2003, Kirsten has served on the faculty for the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program, which she also co-designed. The certificate program is offered in partnership with Naropa University. Kirsten is co-author of the Are You Ready website and completed the three-year retreat under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche.  Kirsten lives near the Rigpa’s retreat center in upstate New York and is known for her warmth and her clarity.

Date: Wednesday February 27
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fee: $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds

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