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.Read More
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