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An Interactive Training Day for All Who Offer Care

at Work, in the Community, or for Their Family

with Kirsten Deleo

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                    Sunday, March 1st 2015

                    10:00 - 4:00 


                    Rigpa San Francisco

                    1033 Polk St. 

                    San Francisco, CA 94109

                    Professionals $110/Caregivers $80

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Caring for someone such as a patient, family member or friend can be deeply rewarding and meaningful. Nonetheless, when we are faced with deep or ongoing suffering, even if we are the most caring person, we can be left feeling exhausted, dispirited and at risk of burnout.

This day offers you an opportunity to experience practical ways to cultivate and integrate the skills of mindful awareness and compassion to strengthen your resilience and enhance your communication and care. Research demonstrates the health and well-being benefits of these practices and their effectiveness in holistic care. This day will cover the following topics:

- Staying present in the face of suffering

- Meditation and mindfulness as a method of care for oneself and in caring for others

- Cultivating compassion as a pathway to self-care

- Offering compassionate presence to another

The contemplative methods taught are based on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche and valuable to anyone who is in a caregiving role, whether new to contemplative practice or seasoned meditator.

This program has been approved for 4.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours by the Association of Professional Chaplains and by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15607.

Kirsten Deleo leads training seminars and retreats for professionals and the public in North America and Europe, and is senior faculty for 'Contemplative End-of-Life Care', a professional certificate program which has been offered through Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Trained in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Kirsten has worked as a counselor in private practice specializing in supporting people facing major life transitions. Kirsten has developed and taught contemplative-based secular curricula for residents and other healthcare workers at hospitals and other institutions. Kirsten completed a three-year meditation retreat and is a Senior Meditation Instructor in Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centers under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.



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 A One-Day Seminar with Professor Steven Goodman


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                   Sunday, March 8th 2015

                   10:30 - 4:00 


                    Rigpa San Francisco

                    1033 Polk St. 

                    San Francisco, CA 94109

                    $30 - $50 Suggested Donation



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In this seminar we will explore the central role of purification practices from the perspectives of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions. All are welcome to join us in rediscovering basic goodness, kind heart, and well being, through discussion and practices of loving-kindness (Theravada), open, radiant acceptance (Mahayana), and primordial purity (Vajrasattva).

Professor Goodman is core faculty and Director of Research in the Asian and Comparative Studies Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His research interests include Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, comparative philosophy, classical Tibetan language, and poetics.

His book, Frogs in the Custard: Explorations in the View and Practice of Buddhist Psychology (Snow Lion), is based on lectures that he gave during a summer retreat at Lerab Ling, Sogyal Rinpoche's main retreat center in southern France.

Open to everyone; registration now available online as well as at the door. The suggested donation for the day is $30-$50. Everyone is welcome at Rigpa events regardless of ability to pay.