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Arts of Contemplative Care: pioneering voices in Buddhist chaplaincy and pastoral work
Powerful and life-affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of contemplative care-from hospice and hospitals to colleges, prisons, and the military. Each first-person essay offers a distillation of the wisdom gained over years of experience, and vividly shows days-in-the-life of the each pastoral worker. The stories told here are sure inspire-whether you are a professional caregiver or are simply called to serve through giving care. This is a book that can change lives.
“Destined to become the core text of Buddhist Chaplaincy. A radical and wise offering to the world.”
—Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx
“A valuable and honest handbook—and a beautiful sign of the blossoming of Dharma in the West.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart
“A must-read for caregivers and others seeking to actualize genuine compassion beyond hope and fear-a treasure trove of practical wisdom.”
—Fleet Maull, founder of the Prison Dharma Network, the National Prison Hospice Association, and the Center for Contemplative End of Life Care Programs at Naropa University
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Cheryl A. Giles, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Harvard Divinity School, where she is core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Program.
Lama Willa Miller has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last twenty years. Her teaching specialties include natural meditation, heart-cultivation, body-based Buddhist yoga, and practices for deep retreat. She is working towards a PhD in Religion at Harvard University, where she also assistant teaches. She is author of the book Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You, a practical guide for getting started on the spiritual path.