Zen Buddhist Roshi Joan Halifax, in a lecture at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, will talk about empathy and compassion on the part of caregivers who are tending to the ill and dying. She will cover six contemplative interventions that are useful for clinicians. A response will be given by Dr. George Chrousos, who will discuss the stressors caregivers may experience.
Halifax is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center. A Buddhism practitioner since 1965, she is the abbot and head teacher of the Upaya Zen Center and Institute in Santa Fe, a Zen Peacemaker community that she founded in 1990. She has trained clinicians and cared for dying people since 1970.
Chrousos, current holder of the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society, is one of the world’s most prominent clinical investigators in endocrinology and neuroscience and is an expert on the effects of stress on the body.
Thursday, May 12
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540
Free and open to the public; no tickets are needed. Information: 202-707-3302
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