Date & Time
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Leslie Blackhall, MD
Biomedicine, especially in the US, is facing a crisis as the population ages. Most people over the age of 45 and almost everyone over the age of 65 will die of chronic, life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, chronic heart failure, and dementia. Patients with these illnesses spend the end of their lives going in and out of hospitals, nursing homes, and intensive care units often with minimal to no improvements to morbidity and mortality. The cultural and philosophical roots of biomedicine—with emphasis on medical progress, belief in technology, and narrative of hope and miracles—is poorly suited to addressing human mortality and end of life care.
Tibetan Medicine is a traditional healing system with philosophical and practical roots in Tibetan Buddhism. Central to Buddhist philosophy is an understanding of impermanence and the cultivation of death awareness, which is reflected in the medical training and practice of Tibetan physicians. In this workshop we will explore the differing perspectives of these two traditions and how the Buddhist understanding of mortality can help us face the end of life with clarity and openness.
A Half-Day Workshop
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$110 (Members & Nonmembers)
Saturday, January 5, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Mapping the Journey
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This workshop can be taken alone or as part of the New York Open Center’s Certificate in the Art of Dying: Integrative Thanatology. Click HERE for more information.
This program is part of the Art of Dying Institute. For complete information click here.
New York Open Center