Thank you so much to all attendees and speakers of our conference "Death and Dying From a Buddhist Perspective" this year! It was a pleasure to spent such an inspiring day with all of you! 

As promised here you getlinks and other content from the speakers:




Joan Halifax


Kirsten DeLeo

Authentic Presence - Contemplative End-of-Life Care Training 

Online courses, webinars, podcasts, workshops and retreats to support professionals, volunteers, doulas and family caregivers, online & in Europe and the US.


Spiritual Care Centre Ireland

Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Meditation Centre, West Cork/Ireland


Spiritual Care Centre Germany

Bad Saarow, Brandenburg


Dario Doshin Girolami

a documentary about Dario’s prison chaplaincy:



Ven. Lama Dondrub


Claudine  Carayol










The Buddha taught that death - just as life - is a part of existence and our life cycle.

But in our western world, death and dying are often traumatizing events, especially when it happens close to us.

In these times of the pandemic, many of us experience the value of health and life itself differently than before and ask questions to which qualified answers are not easy to find.

This is why the European Buddhist Union will hold a one-day event dedicated to the topic of “Death and Dying from a Buddhist perspective”, featuring these well known international keynote speakers: Koshin Paley Ellison, Joan Halifax, Dario Doshin Girolami, Kirsten DeLeo, Lama Dondrub and Claudine Carayol.

In talks, panel discussions and "sharing groups" we will interactively explore topics and questions like: Do we need to be afraid of death or could it be the one thing that gives meaning to life? Is our existence finished when we die or do we go on to another stage of reality? And if so, what does it look like? Is dying a process we should prepare for and what happens in this particular moment?

In this way we want to enable the participants to discover the rich Buddhist perspective on these complex topics to get (new) inspiration and examine ways to lose anxiety and gain hope - for themselves and others.

The event will be held online, on Saturday April 24th, from 10am to 7pm CET.

There will be simultaneous translation available in French, Spanish and Italian!

Recordings of the key notes (not the sharing groups) will be available for all attendees after the event.


Ven. Lama Ngawang Dorje Dondrub

Sakya Buddhist teacher for more than 15 years, expert in the application of Buddhist philosophy in personal development, both in individuals and in organisations and companies.

Through his monastic life he has developed a special skill in unravelling the dharma to positivise the individual in the face of everyday difficulties and to transform ordinary conflicts into wonderful challenges. -  "If you grow you help and if you help you grow”.

Dario Doshin Girolami

M.Phil., is a Soto-Zen priest and a Dharma Teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Former Adjunct Professor of “Zen” at John Cabot University and of “Comparative Religion” at the American University of Rome, he currently teaches “Buddhism” and holds regular seminars at the Faculty of Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome, and teaches Meditation at Rebibbia Prison - Rome.

Roshin Joan Halifax

American Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality.

Claudine Carayol

President of Reiyukai Spiritual Friendship Buddhism. As a translator of the Lotus Sutra, other Buddhist sutras and texts, she devotes herself to the practice and transmission of the teaching of Reiyukai while maintaining her activity as a painter. She was EBU president from 2005 to 2008.

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator.

Kirsten DeLeo 

Meditation teacher, author ("Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide For Accompanying The Dying”) and trainer in the field of contemplative care offering training programs and retreats worldwide. ​​

Conference Schedule:

9.30 – 10.00 Opening


9.50 – 10.00 EBU Video; Introduction of translators


10.00 - 10.15 Presentation of the EBU and the topic. Council members, Patrick (Moderator), Ron.


10.15 - 10.35 Talk by Kirsten DeLeo 

Present Through The End: Accompanying the dying, whatever our role, challenges us to be authentically and compassionately present and face the uncomfortable truth of our mortality. What can we say or do when nothing can be done?

10.35 to 11.30 Panel Discussion (including questions from the audience): Kirsten, Dario, Lama Dondrub


11.30 – 11.45 Tea break


11.45 - 12.30 Talk by Claudine Carayol - sharing group

Offering the Dharma in order to soothe dying and dead people


12.30 to 14.00 Lunch break


14.00 to 15.00 Talk by Sensei Koshin - sharing group

"Contemplative Medicine for Troubled Times" - Sensei Koshin will address the fear around death and how Buddhist wisdom provides a context to engage with it.


15.00 - 16.00 Talk Dario Girolami - sharing group

“When a Blossom Falls - A course in meditation for parents who have lost a child”


16.00 – 16.20 Tea Break

16.20 – 17:00 Talk Lama Dondrub - sharing group

Dying, a great opportunity: The closer death comes, the more valuable life becomes. Reflecting and meditating on death and preparing to help others in that process is an excellent way to practice the Dharma. Everything becomes meaningful.

17.00 to 17.30 Talk Joan Halifax 

Compassion in Care of the Dying


17.30 – 1820: Panel Discussion (including questions from the audience): Dario, Lama Dondrub, Joan Halifax

18.20 to 18.30 Wrap up and goodbye



18.30 – 19.00 Dalai Lama: Recorded teaching