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Core Faculty

Ram Dass Ram Dass*, Internationally recognized lecturer and beloved spiritual teacher. Best selling author of several books including: Be Love Now, Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying, Be Here Now, How Can I Help, and Compassion in Action, One Liners: A Mini-Manual for the Spiritual Life.
*Participation by telephone and Skype Conference
Zoketsu Norman  Fischer Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen Priest, Founder of Everyday Zen Foundation, former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. Author of nine volumes of poetry and several books including: Sailing Home: Using Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms.
Charles Garfield, PhD, Founder of Shanti Project, Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical School, Board Member C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Author of several books including Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS, Peak Performers, and Life's Last Gift: Giving and Receiving Peace During the Dying Time.
Frank Ostaseski, Founder and Director Metta Institute, Founding Director, co-founder Zen Hospice Project, first Buddhist hospice in America. Author Five Invitations:Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully and Saper Accompanare and the audio series Being a Compassionate Companion.
Rachel Naomi Remen Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Co-Founder of Commonweal Center, Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness. Author of several books including: My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging and Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal.
Ange Stephens Ange Stephens, MA, MFT, Co-Director End-of-Life Practitioner Program. Integral Psychotherapist and coach specializing in working with issues of life-threatening illness, death and dying, grief and loss, and caregiving. Former Clinical Director Cancer Support Community.

We remember with gratitude our founding faculty members Rabbi Alan Lew (deceased January 2009), Angeles Arrien (deceased April 2014), and Frances Vaughan (deceased September 2017.)

Note: Presence of individual core faculty at trainings is determined by the program content and their availability.

Guest Faculty

Guest faculty will be invited for specific modules. Guest lecturers in past years have included:

Sylvia Boorstein PhD, Renowned Buddhist Teacher, Author, That's Funny You Don't Look Buddhist.

Kathleen Dowling Singh, Psychotherapist, Author, Grace in Dying.

Ira Byock MD, Palliative Care Specialist, Author, Best Care Possible.

Joan Halifax Roshi, Zen Priest, Founder Upaya Being with Dying Program.

Kim Rosen, Poet, Storyteller, Author, Saved by a Poem.

Lewis Richmond, Buddhist Teacher, Author, Aging as Spiritual Practice.

Sherry Ruth Anderson, Author, Feminine Face of God.

Lama Palden Drolma, Author, Teacher, Founder of Sukhasiddhi Foundation.

Wendy Palmer, Founder Conscious Embodiment, Author, The Intuitive Body.

Irene Smith, Teacher Founder, Everflowing : Service Through Touch.

Roger Walsh, PhD, MD, Psychiatrist, Professor at University of California at Irvine, Author, Essential Spirituality.

Pam Weiss, Executive Coach, Meditation Teacher, Founder of Appropriate Response.

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