Learning from Dying: Geshe Pema Dorjee in conversation with David Bullard, PhD


Monday, November 6, 2023
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time

Geshe Pema Dorjee will meet with us to reflect upon the issues that arise for palliative healthcare providers who are with people – often suffering – at the end of life. He will also be speaking at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream in Berkeley and TibetHouseUS in New York.

We will also learn of his charitable projects, supporting children in northern India and Nepal. For more information on these projects, please see Geshe Pema Dorjees Humanitarian Projects.

Geshe Pema Dorjee was born in Tibet and escaped with his family in 1959 at the age of five years old. He attended the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India where he earned degrees in both Prajnaparamitra and Madhyamika. He became a teacher, and eventually the Director of the Tibetan Childrens Village School in Dharamsala, where he served for over twenty years, helping to recreate and preserve the Tibetan culture and education system for Tibetan children in exile. In 1995 he was awarded the Geshe degree from the Drepung Loseling monastery in South India and became the first Principal of the College for Higher Tibetan Studies. In 2001, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked Geshe-la to revive and promote the Bodong tradition, and with aid from His Holiness, became the founder and Director of the Bodong Research and Publication Center. The Tibetan government in exile appointed him to the Higher Level Textbook Review Committee as well as spiritual counselor to former political prisoners who had been tortured. In addition to his many charitable projects in Nepal and northeast India, Geshe Pema Dorjee has taught and lectured about Tibetan Buddhism around the world and speaks English fluently.

David Bullard is a psychologist and UCSF clinical professor, and has been a guest teacher at Tibet House US in New York City and at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center and Green Gulch. Among highlights of his life, David counts traveling in Bhutan with Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, presenting UCSF programs with Thupten Jinpa, Isa Gucciardi, and other healers, and exploring the west of Ireland with the poet David Whyte.


Registration available via UCSF Palliative Medicine.

Division of Palliative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Spiritual Care Services, University of California, San Francisco
Foundation of the Sacred Stream, Berkeley, CA

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