Gomde UK
Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries for the study and practice of the Three Yanas.
Monasteries and Nunneries
Monlam — Aspiration Prayer
Buddhist Philosophy, Himalayan languages and holistic education.
Rangjung Yeshe Institute
Wisdom International
International Centres for Buddhist Studies and Meditation.
Dharma House
Tibetan Buddhist Teachings, Meditations and Resources.
Rangjung Yeshe Institute
Translation and Publications of Buddhist classics, treatises and contemporary teachings.
Translator Training Program
Dharmachakra Translation Committee
Rangjung Yeshe Publications
Helping the poor and disadvantaged in Nepal.
Shenpen Nepal
Medicine and Compassion
Dr David Shlim and Lama Öser.
About this Retreat
The Medicine and Compassion Retreat in England has been postponed due to the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus. We will reschedule it when the risk of infection has disappeared, and international travel has returned to normal. In the meantime, we encourage you to subscribe to our ongoing series of short Medicine and Compassion videos with Phakchok Rinpoche, David R Shlim MD, and Lama Öser. A new video is released each week, adding to the library of already available videos. We will release a total of 52 videos this year.

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Medicine and Compassion will be lead by Dr. David Shlim, one of the most highly regarded travel doctors in the world, together with Lama Öser.

The retreat is an opportunity for like-minded professionals to come together and focus on the virtues of compassion and the possibility of increasing one’s capacity for compassion. We would all like to have compassion that is more stable, inclusive, and effortless, but methods for accomplishing this are not commonly taught. This retreat will explore, in an in-depth way, methods that can help expand one’s own compassion and to teach others about compassion, and decrease the tendency towards compassion fatigue.

The retreat is based on the book, Medicine and Compassion, by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and David R Shlim MD. Dr. Shlim hosted the world’s first conference on Medicine and Compassion in 2000 and created the book from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s teachings. He has been lecturing and writing about medicine and compassion for the past twenty years. Lama Öser is a senior lama at Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery in Kathmandu, and the resident teacher at Gomde UK.

The Medicine and Compassion Retreats are the only seminars in the world, to our knowledge, in which a Tibetan lama teaches directly to caregivers about how to train in compassion. The retreat will combine lectures, discussion, and an introduction to meditation practice.

Topics to be covered
1. Definition and basis of compassion
2. Understanding impermanence
3. Six ways to train directly to improve compassion
4. The relationship between a relaxed mind and a compassionate attitude
5. Meditation training
6. Helping parents with the end of life

Participants are encouraged to read Medicine and Compassion before they arrive, and to take advantage of the free Study Guide to Medicine and Compassion that can be downloaded from Dr. Shlim’s website: www.davidshlim.com

Participants are also encouraged to watch the Medicine and Compassion Teaching Videos, taught by David Shlim and Phakchok Rinpoche, found here: https://vimeo.com/medicineandcompassion

Who is This For?
The retreat will be of benefit to anyone who wishes to bring a more conscious approach to compassion into their work. It will be of parFcular value to health professionals, social workers and other caregivers who are called upon to offer compassion in their daily work.

Timings and Attendance Options
The retreat begins with dinner and an evening teaching session on Wednesday, June 17th, and concludes with lunch on Sunday, June 21st, 2020. We can provide transportation from nearby travel hubs.

The tuition for the retreat includes teaching, lodging and food for four days and nights at Gomde U.K. Pricing is dependent on the level of accommodation, and varies from £450 to £800:

Premium Single Room with En-Suite: £800.00
Premium Single Room (no En-Suite): £750.00
Single Room: £625.00
Twin Room: £550.00
Shared Room: £450.00
Off-Grid Retreat Hut (Single): £550.00
Day visitor, (lunch and dinner): £300.00
About David Dr David Shlim
David R. Shlim, M.D. is the co-author, with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, of Medicine and Compassion: An American Doctor and a Tibetan Lama on How to Provide Care with Compassion and Wisdom.
Dr Shlim first visited Nepal in 1979 to work as a volunteer doctor for the Himalayan Rescue Association, at an aid post at 14,000 feet. After three stints near the base of Mt. Everest, he moved to Kathmandu in 1983 to begin what became a fifteen-year career as the Medical Director of the CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu, the world’s busiest destination travel medicine clinic. He created a research program into the diseases that affect travellers, and has developed an international reputation as one of the most knowledgeable travel medicine doctors in the world. He is the author of more than forty-five original research papers, numerous chapters in textbooks, and is the recent past-president of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

In addition to his travel medicine work in Nepal, he was the head of the Himalayan Rescue Association for more than ten years. He treated all of the survivors of the 1996 Everest expedition that was detailed in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air, and more recently the movie, “Everest.”
Dr Shlim provided free medical care at Ka -Nying Shedrub Ling monastery for fourteen years, and developed a close relationship with the head of the monastery, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, and his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who was recognised as one of the greatest meditation teachers of the twentieth century. He also offered free medical care to all of the newly arrived Tibetan refugees who came over the high Himalayan passes from Tibet. And last but not least Dr Shlim is the USA tour Doctor for the Rolling Stones .

Dr Shlim resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he practices travel medicine and teaches Tibetan Buddhism. He regularly travels around the world to give lectures on travel medicine and medicine and compassion. He is currently working on a memoir of his experiences of living and working in Nepal, and studying with Tibetan lamas.
About Lama Öser
Lama Öser is one of our very senior monks at the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery. He has studied under many great masters and for a number of years was the personal assistant of the great Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Lama Öser has presented Medicine and Compassion teachings with Dr Shlim in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 2019.