Medicine & Compassion

Dr. David R. Shlim, co-author of the book, Medicine & Compassion, Wisdom Publications, 2004. With each passing year, it seems as if university researchers and the scientific community are looking deeper into human consciousness and the powers of mind, in large part because of the excellence and openness of Tibetan Buddhism. Medicine & Compassion is another example of the importance of Buddhism in augmenting high tech Western medicine. This book is being hailed as a veritable treasure by patients, physicians, and caregivers around the world.

The book may be purchased at Amazon or Books A Million

10th Anniversary Edition of Medicine & Compassion

Thank you for your interest in the groundbreaking book Medicine & Compassion: A Tibetan Lama and an American Doctor on How to Provide Care with Compassion and Wisdom.  This book is the first book to tailor Tibetan Buddhist philosophy towards a Western professional audience, and presents a guide to training one’s capacity for compassion.  The book is written in simple, non-technical terms, but the concepts that Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche present are very profound.  Experience has taught me that most people benefit from chapter-by-chapter tips on how to understand what Rinpoche taught.

This new Study Guide is a succinct guide to following the main concepts throughout the book, and will greatly aid your understanding.  We are making it available for free on our website, in exchange for providing us with your name and e-mail address.  We will only use your e-mail address to contact you about future Medicine & Compassion publications and events, such as a projected future Medicine & Compassion retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in Fall 2016 (dates TBD).  We may also occasionally write to let you know about other significant developments in the field of Medicine & Compassion. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Andy Tyson Memorial Remarks by David R Shlim MD

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, I was asked to preside over a memorial service for Andy Tyson, a forty-six year old climbing guide and entrepreneur who died along with three others in a small plane crash on April 10, 2015. The sudden death of four members of a tight-knit community in Victor and Driggs, Idaho had a devastating impact on the community. One-by-one, each person has had a memorial service as the community tries to say goodbye to close friends and start to heal the wounds. Although I am a physician, and not a minister in any sense of the word, I had a chance to study Tibetan Buddhism while I was living and working in Nepal for fifteen years, and the remarks that I am sharing below are based on the teachings that I received during that time.

After the memorial, many people approached me to ask me for a copy of my remarks, and so I am making them available here, with Andy’s wife’s permission, so that the people who were there can review what they heard, and also share the ideas with others. I hope that whoever reads them will get a small degree of comfort if they are grieving, and for others it will help make them stronger when facing adversity in the future.

Here is a link to the full script.


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