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Kirsten DeLeo

Kirsten DeLeo

Kirsten Deleo has studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1994 and completed a three-year meditation retreat. Trained as a counselor she has been active in the hospice movement since the early 90’s. She currently works as International Trainer for Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Program, an international outreach program. She is on the faculty of the "Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program" offered in partnership with Naropa University, USA.

Friday, 02 November 2012 21:30

Taming the mind with music

Natanyel Bohm-Levine sent us what he wrote for his application to Oberlin College in Ohio, USA:

The Buddha, on the essence of his teachings, said that sentient beings must learn how "to tame this mind of ours." My dad, a practicing Tibetan Buddhist, often tried to get me to incorporate Buddhist principles in my life.  I, however, did not understand the Buddha’s teaching until my summer at the Berklee College of Music, where I changed my understanding of what having a tamed mind actually means, and how it can help me become a better musician. In turn, I made quite an important discovery: playing music, for me, is a sort of meditation. 
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:38

Are you dead yet?

Excerpt from “Being a Compassionate Presence – The contemplative approach to end-of-life care” in The Arts of Contemplative Care.

“Are you dead yet?” her high-pitch voice hurled across the room. “Are you dead yet . . . you in the corner?” She glared at me, wide-awake ready to engage. I had been sitting quietly in her room assuming she was asleep. The physician had pointed to the chair in the corner across from her bed before he shut the door behind him with a resounding bang. I had a sinking feeling in my body. I was a fresh hospice volunteer and novice meditator. I followed the direction of his finger and sat down on the chair. I did what was expected, straightened my back and sat in silence.


Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:08

Silence – What Freedom

Meditation can teach us a lot about the power of silence - how to listen and simply be present.  In a meditation workshop I recently lead, Diana, a young social work student raised her hand after some hesitation at the end a short session of sitting. “I have never sat in a room with strangers in complete silence intentionally.” She took a deep breath. “First, I felt uncomfortable with the situation. Then I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say or do! I had nothing to prove, didn’t have to be this way or that way for anyone. Silence. Wow, …what freedom!”  Everyone in the room broke into laughter, relieved, as she stated the obvious. In our culture we are uncomfortable with silence.