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Teachings on Taking Illness as the Path

Thrangu Rinpoche: Audience for people with chronic illness or disabilities and their caregivers.  Boulder, Colorado  14 July 2004

Gampopa's Instructions

Songs of Realization

Poem about Sickness by Jigme Lingpa

Gyalwa Gotsangpa's Eight Cases of Basic Goodness Not to Be Shunned
This is a pdf file, so you'll need Adobe Reader.  Once you have downloaded the newsletter, scroll down to page 128-148 for the text and the commentary.

The Song of Gyalwa Gotsangpa on How to Practice with Illness


Books: Meditation Practice in General

Ruling Your World
by Sakyong Mipham.  Morgan Road Books 2005

Turning the Mind into an Ally
by Sakyong Mipham.  Riverhead, New York 2002

Shambhala:  The Sacred Path of the Warrior
by Chogyam Trungpa.  Shambhala, Boston 1988

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
by Chogyam Trungpa.  Shambhala, Boston 2002

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron. Shambhala, Boston 2000

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Delta 1990

Heal Thy Self:  Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine
by Saki  Santorelli. Bell Tower, New York 1999

Contemplative Prayer
by Thomas Merton. Image Books, Doubleday, New York 1996

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
by Thich Nhah Hahn.  Beacon Press, Boston 1987

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
by Sharon Salzberg.  Shambhala, Boston 2002

Books:  Chronic Illness, Suffering

The Chronic Illness Experience:  Embracing the Imperfect Life
by Cheri Register.  Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services 1999

Turning Suffering Inside Out
by Darlene Cohen.  Shambhala, Boston 2002

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
by Mark Epstein, MD.  Broadway 1999

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
by Joanne Lynn, Rosalynn Carter & Joan Harrold.  Oxford University Press 2001

Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living With Depression and Manic Depression
by Mary Ellen Copeland.  New Harbinger Publications 2001

Books: Caregiving, Death and Dying

Tuesdays with Morrie:  An old man, a young man and life's greatest lesson
by Mitch Albom.  Broadway Books, NewYork 1997

Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders
by Ann Cason, Reeve Lindbergh.  Shambhala, Boston 2001

How to Be a Help Instead of a Nuisance
by Karen Kissel Wegela.  Shambhala, Boston 1996

At Home with Dying: A Zen Hospice Approach
by Merrill Collett.  Shambhala, Berkeley and London 1999

Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life
by Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins. Atria Books 2002

Peaceful Dwelling: Meditations for Healing and Living
by Madeline Ko-I Bastis M.  Charles E Tuttle Company 2000  

Healing into Life and Death
by Stephen Levine.  Anchor Books; Reissue edition (January 1989)

Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
by Stephen Levine, Ondrea Levine.  Anchor; Reissue edition (January 1989)

Making Friends With Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
by Judith L. Lief.  Shambhala, Boston 2001

Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying by Christine Longaker.  Doubleday; Reprint edition (June 1998)

No Death, No Fear
by Thich Nhat Hanh. Riverhead Books 2003

Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive
by Larry Rosenberg. Shambhala, Boston 2001

From Age-Ing to Sage-Ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older
by Zalman Shalomi-Schachter, Ronald S. Miller.  Warner Books 1997

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche.  Harper, San Francisco 1992

At the Eleventh Hour: Caring for My Dying Mother
by Sharon Carol Stone.  Present Perfect Books 2001

Books: Healing, Meditation, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism

The Healing Power of the Mind
by Tulku Thondup.  Shambhala, 1998

Boundless Healing
by Tulku Thondup.  Shambhala, 2001

Beside Still Waters: Jews Christians and the Way of the Buddha
by Harold Kasimow, John P Keenan, Linda K. Keenan (eds).  Wisdom, Boston, 2003

Living Buddha, Living Christ
by Thich Nhat Hahn.  Riverhead, New York, 1995

Web Sites:  Related Topics

Dharma Haven Homepage: A Harbor from the Storms of Panic and Confusion

Some of Dharma Haven's web pages:
Shenpen Osel Online Edition Index (including teachings on meditation, the four bardos, and Medicine Buddha

Web Sites: For Caregivers

Living/Dying Project, Educational Services.  The Project was founded in 1977 by Stephen Levine and is the outgrowth of the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Living/Dying Project offers spiritual support for persons facing life-threatening illness and for those who care for them, as well as educational services.

Rigpa Spiritual Care Program.  The compassion and wisdom of the Buddhist teachings are applied to help those facing illness or death, their families and caregivers. For people of any faith, the Spiritual Care Program has been designed to augment the professional's training with a comprehensive and practical approach to end-of-life care. It provides education and training to doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, volunteers, and clergy of all denominations.

Upaya Foundation, Service and Programs.  Founded by Joan Halifax.  Programs are based in Eastern and Western psychology, philosophy, and contemplative practices. Contemplative practices are found in many spiritual traditions; those of the Project on Being with Dying are inspired by the long and rich tradition of Buddhism.

Zen Hospice Project.  Inspired by a 2,500 year old Buddhist tradition, Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) is a fusion of spiritual insight and practical social action. Begun in 1987, ZHP is now nationally recognized as an innovative model in movement to improve end-of life care. ZHP provides a spectrum of collaborative services including residential hospice care, volunteer programs and educational efforts that foster wisdom and compassion in service.

Websites:  Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association:  Over the past decade the Canadian Mental Health Association has supported development of a "framework of support" that attempt to describe the practical issues involved in implementing a recovery model.  You can find the framework on the web at:

Partners in Recovery:  Adult System of Care Conference 2000 by Anna Huskey:

National Empowerment Center:  Recovery is real and this website is filled with practical information that will help you recover if you have been labeled with a mental illness:

National Empowerment Center - Articles:  What Are the Characteristics of a Person Who has Recovered from Mental Illness? By Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.

Recovery, Multimedia Resources:

Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada; Report of the Senate of Canada, May 2006

Earth House:
This is a residential treatment centre in New Jersey for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder whose doctors practice orthomolecular medicine (using nutritional and non-drug treatments as key approach).

Information on Mental Health Recovery – Models, Concepts and Websites:


Ohio Department of Mental Health Recovery Process Model:
Maine Recovery Advisory Group Recovery Model:

Massachusetts National Empowerment Council PACE:  Personal Assistance in Community Existence:

UK:  Tidal Model of Recovery:
www.tidal-model.co.uk; www.clan-unity.co.uk

Mental Health Recovery Websites:

Ohio: www.mhrecovery.com

Spokane, Washington: www.recoveryspokane.org

  • Mary Ellen Copeland: Six self-help booklets that promote mental health recovery: www.peersupport.org  – click “You can recover,” then scroll down to the bottom of the page, under the heading, “Developing a wellness lifestyle.”  Each booklet is listed here.  Also see:  www.mentalhealthrecovery.com
  • Copeland Center:  www.copelandcenter.com
Massachusetts:  Alternatives Initiative: www.m-power.org

Nova Scotia: Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division:

United States:  Website dedicated to Mental health Recovery research:

New Hampshire:  Shery Mead: www.mentalhealthpeers.com

Information on Recovery Competencies for Mental Health Workers/Service Providers:

New Zealand: 
Massachusetts:  Advocates Inc. and Dr. Patricia E. Deegan: www.intentionalcare.org

Kansas:  Kansas School of Social Welfare, strengths perspective: www.socwel.ku.edu

Where is Recovery Happening Now?

California, Santa Cruz and contra Costa Counties: www.namiscc.org/index.htm

Arizona: www.metaservices.com

Kansas: www.socwel.ku.edu/mentalhealth/index.htm

Wisconsin and Ohio: www.mh.state.oh.us

Vermont:  Vermont Recovery Education Project:: www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/vtrecovery.html

  • Boston University Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation: www.bu.edu/cpr

United Kingdom:
New Zealand:  www.mhc.govt.nz


Recovery Bibliographies, Review of Literature on Research

USA: Ruth Ralph – Review of Recovery Literature (2000)

Canada: CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario (2000): www.ontario.cmha.ca – click on “mental health system” and then on bibliography of Recovery Resources

What Helps and What Hinders Report (2002): www.nasmhpd.org/ntac/reports - Please see October for this report.