Read about the movement to create a more compassionate society and the contribution of the Spiritual Care Programme over 20 years
Non-denominational education and care for living and dying inspired by the wisdom and compassion of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings
The Spiritual Care Programme offers education and care inspired by Sogyal Rinpoche's acclaimed classic The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. It presents time-tested, empirically supported, contemplative methods. This authentic way emphasizes universal principles that will resonate with people from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds and can be easily used in secular settings.
Our professional skills training programme teaches health and social care professionals the skills of mindfulness, awareness meditation and compassion methods. We aim to support caregivers by:
- improving person care and effectiveness, and enhancing relationships with those we care for,
- enhancing listening and communication skills,
- building resilience for caregivers and cultivating greater self-awareness,
- increasing confidence and the capacity to manage difficult care situations.
The professional curriculum offers seminars with group training programmes as well as online learning and focuses on three trainings:
- Compassion and Presence
- Deep Listening
- End-of-Life Care
We provide a consultancy service and our curriculum provides specialised training within social and health care settings, such as hospitals, hospices, as well as on courses at universities.
We also offer seminars and groups to support people facing difficulties, particularly in the areas of:
- healing relationships
- caring for loved ones
- living with illness
- facing dying
- bereavement and loss
We partner and organize international conferences, and our educators are invited to present at conferences around the world. In particular we recently were involved in:
- Empathy and Compassion in Society, London, UK, 2012 & 2013 - Watch the conference talks online.
- Meeting Compassion and Care at the End of Life, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013
- International Forum on Buddhism and Medicine, France, 2010 & 2013 - The conference DVD is available on the website. The Healing Power of Meditation, edited by Andy Fraser, the book of the 2010 conference has just been published.
- Compassion and Presence Conference in Ireland, 2009. Attended by over 500 professionals and key international speakers in health and social care, spiritual and contemplative care.
More about us
The Spiritual Care Programme was created in 1993 by Christine Longaker and others as an international outreach programme in response to requests from health and social care professionals for practical ways to bring the compassion and methods of the Buddhist teachings described by Sogyal Rinpoche in the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying into their work and lives.
The Programme is active in 9 countries and collaborates with universities, hospitals and other institutions, offering a variety of residential and online courses. To date over 30,000 professionals and volunteers from around the world working in all fields of medicine, social care and education have attended our trainings.
If you like to know more, please contact Spiritual Care International or the national contact in your country.