"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Rachel Remen

Rachel Naomi Remen MD is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine, a co-Founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, and the Founder and Director of The Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and a member of ten core faculty at the Metta Institute. She is an internationally known medical educator and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings. Her books have been published in 24 languages. Her 25-year-old course in meaning, calling and resilience for medical students, The Healer's Art, is taught at 90 medical schools and more than 16,000 medical students have completed the training nationwide Dr. Remen has been involved with hospice since 1978 when she opened her 30-year counseling practice restricted to people with life threatening and terminal illness and their families. In 1981, she designed and implemented the professional support group for the San Francisco AIDS Hospice at the start of the AIDS epidemic. Her innovative use of narrative as a form of self-care for professionals has translated to hospices nationwide. Through her writing, her speaking, and her trainings, Dr. Remen has enabled thousands of hospice professionals to uncover and share the deep satisfaction and profound meaning that is innately present in their daily work. More info:

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