The Arts of Contemplative Care

New book explores the budding field of Buddhist 'Contemplative Care' through the eyes of its pioneers.


Powerful and life-affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of contemplative care, also known as spiritual 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 those who practice contemplative care in their work. Among the many contributors is Kirsten DeLeo, a long-time student of Sogyal Rinpoche and International Trainer in Rigpa's Spiritual Care Program. Kirsten shares her personal insights and stories accompanying people at the most vulnerable times of their lifes. She shows in a very simple way how contemplative practice can support us as caregivers and become a powerful catalyst for making the radical shift from doing to being. This kind of care has the power to transform our society and change the way we live and die.

This book will be an inspiration to anyone offering care!

Praise and Reviews

“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

“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

“Destined to become the core text of Buddhist Chaplaincy. A radical and wise offering to the world.”—Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx

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