Impermanence, fearless compassion and Buddha nature. Being in the presence of an ill, dying or grieving person, Buddha’s teachings become real and practical.
Kirsten DeLeo is a meditation teacher, end-of-life caregiver, and spiritual care trainer. Based on her experience supporting dying people, she wrote the award-winning book “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide For Accompanying The Dying” (Shambhala Publications). Born and raised in Germany, Kirsten lived for many years in San Francisco and served at the Zen hospice and Maitri.
Kirsten helped to pioneer one of the first training programs in contemplative end-of-life care called Authentic Presence. She was a founding member of the Harvard Buddhist Ministry working group and currently supports the European Buddhist Union Chaplaincy Network. Kirsten trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in Tibetan Buddhist study and practice for over twenty-five years, including a three-year retreat.
Kirsten lives in Ireland at the Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Meditation Centre
where she teaches and also serves as a Buddhist chaplain at its Spiritual Care Centre. Overlooking the wild Atlantic, Dzogchen Beara’s Spiritual Care Centre offers support to people who are bereaved, ill or facing the end of their lives. Kirsten will reflect on the nature of spiritual care, especially in end-of-life care, and her own experience being a chaplain. kirstendeleo.com