HDS 2935

Compassionate Care of the Dying: Buddhist Training and Techniques

Chris Berlin and Cheryl A. Giles


Asian Buddhist teachers and clerics have long had a key role in helping others prepare for death. This course will explore the compassionate care of the dying as it is being adapted in modern contexts in the US, using the training model for professionals engaged in end-of-life care contexts developed by Roshi Joan Halifax. Students will develop an understanding of basic skills in compassionate care of the dying and innovative approaches in psychological and spiritual care through readings, meditative exercises, and discussion with guest speakers in the course.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 20 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Wed 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Chapel

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None