Program Overview

The course in the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program from Naropa University combines 15 weeks of on-line learning with an eight-day residential retreat at Light on the Hill in upstate New York. The program addresses crucial training needs most frequently requested by professionals, including communicating about dying and death, enhancing empathy and compassion, helping patients find new meaning, sources of strength, and ways to make a genuine connection with loved ones, facilitating the process of healing relationships, resolving unfinished business, and saying goodbye.

The program also creates a peaceful environment for dying, supporting the bereaved, and healing/preventing burnout. The Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program, inspired by Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, brings together authentic and practical contemplative resources with the knowledge and skills of modern hospice and palliative care. It offers the unique opportunity to study and practice together in a community of like-minded peers from across the country and abroad. Professionals working in the fields of medicine, human and social services, and students and trained volunteers who are currently engaged in a clinical setting, whether new to contemplative practice or experienced, are encouraged to apply.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1974, Naropa Institute, which would later become Naropa University, was founded. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa is a private, not-for-profit university. The universities founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was born in Tibet and created Naropa with the goal to create a university that would combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines. Today, Naropa University is a recognized leader in contemplative education and teaches professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice through its undergraduate and graduate programs. Through these teachings, Naropa strives to educate its students’ minds, but students as a whole. This is done by cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. Naropa University is the first fully accredited Buddhist-inspired University in the United States.

    Naropa offers residential bachelor's and master's degree programs in liberal arts subjects, as well as low-residency graduate-level degree programs.


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