Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Shambhala: Creating Enlightened Healthcare

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

September 29th—October 1st (2017)

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  • $75 Program Price
  • $150 Patron Price
Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.
Program Registration is Closed.
Who are we as a Shambhala Healthcare community? What would we offer if we were to design and manage a healthcare system based on unconditional health? This dialogue-centered gathering is the beginning of an attempt to respond, as a community, to these vital questions. In the hope of hosting a genuine conversation, the weekend discussion will be centered on Open Space Technology, facilitated by Marguerite Drescher.  For those who cannot attend in person, didactic segments of the weekend will be broadcast and recorded, and some forums will be available for online participation. Please join us however you are able.  If you cannot attend the program in person and are interested in hosting a local gathering with our support, please contact [email protected]
Creating Enlightened Healthcare is being hosted by the following Shambhala Educators:
Dr. Mitchell Levy has been a student of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche since 1971 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 1978 he was appointed personal physician, Lamen, to Trungpa Rinpoche and now holds the title of Lamen Kyi-Khyap. He also served as personal physician to His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.  He was appointed an Acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2004. He currently teaches Buddhism worldwide.

He is chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he is Professor of Medicine. He is also Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Levy is a founder and a member of the Executive Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, a global initiative to improve the care of patients with severe sepsis. Dr. Levy is Past-President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (2009). Dr. Levy’s current research interests include health service research in sepsis, end-of- life care in the ICU, and knowledge translation

Wendy Anderson, MD MS is a palliative care physician and faculty in the University of California, San Francisco Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She leads a program of research, education, and quality improvement with the goal of improving care for seriously ill hospitalized patients. Wendy is a meditation instructor and senior student in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition, with a special interest in the use of mindfulness and compassion practice in the care of seriously ill patients.
Sarah Kimball, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at Harvard University (2007-2011) following her undergraduate degree at Brown (2001-2005) and a year in India. She became involved with Shambhala in 2007 through the Under 30 group in Boston a few months before beginning medical school.  She is currently the Rusung for the Boston Shambhala Center, and serves as a teacher of introductory meditation programs within the community.  In her medical practice, she works as a primary care physician, focusing on care for immigrant and refugee populations and on addiction medicine.

Mark Allen has been working with Acharya Dr. Mitchell Levy and other members of the Healthcare Leadership Group since 2013. He represents the perspective of family members and patients in need of critical care. Mark is especially concerned about the role that Shambhala practices can play in strengthening human connection and communication in healthcare settings. Mark is an internationally recognized expert in corporate university and learning organization design and development and a former executive in the field of artificial intelligence. He has been a student of Shambhala since 1976 and has taught and applied mindfulness-based practices since 1979. 

Marguerite Drescher is a visual artist and graphic recorder/facilitator, trained in cultivating vivid expressions for learning. She is actively engaged with communities around Halifax primarily with public engagement, leadership training and capacity building. Her company, Brave Space, offers graphic facilitation, illustration, women’s leadership training, and Art of Hosting trainings.

Cost: At registration, we ask for a minimal $75 donation, which does not cover the cost of this program. If you are unable to afford this amount, please skip the payment stage and contact the coordinator. If you are able to contribute the patron price of $150, that will help to include a broader range of practitioners and to offset the costs of providing the space and supporting amenities for the weekend. In any case, you may register now and skip the payment step at this time. 

Please email [email protected] with any questions.