Rigpa's Spiritual Care Program offers practical ways in which the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings can benefit those facing illness or death, and help support their families and care-givers.
The mission of the Spiritual Care Program is:
- to demonstrate how the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings can benefit those facing illness or death and their families and caregivers
- to emphasize the universal spiritual principles, which can be used by people of any faith or none.
The Spiritual Care Program brings the compassion, wisdom and richness of the teachings and practices in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying into care giving.
“To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death and the care for the dying, and the whole way we look at life and the care for the living.”
Students are encourage to undertake spiritual care work in a health care environment, both as professionals and as volunteers, in order to manifest and deepen their practice and to be of benefit to those who are ill and/or dying. The program is offered in seven European countries, the United States, Canada and Australia.
It includes public conferences and seminars, study groups for professional and trained volunteer caregivers, and training days for hospital or hospice staff. A conference organized near Munich in 1996 for 1500 professionals had a major impact on the German hospice movement.
Spiritual Care in Australia
Over the last few years there have been a number of spiritual care seminars in Australia.
These seminars have reached a broad section of the community (both Buddhist and non-Buddhist), health professionals, pastoral workers, volunteers, carers, older people and members of the general public.
Participants attending these seminars report that they have been ‘deeply moved and changed by their experience’.
To learn more, visit the following pages on our international site.
You can also submit a prayer request.