Speaker Bios



Moderator: Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Kukk is a Professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University; a Fulbright Scholar; faculty adviser for WCSU and the City of Danbury on compassion initiatives; director of the WCSU Honors Program; founder of the university’s Roger Sherman Debate Society; and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Kukk received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College and his B.A. in political science from Boston University. He was also an international security fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and publications focus on education issues, the political economy of natural resources and the creation and sustainability of civil society.  Kukk was also a counter-intelligence agent for the U.S. Army, a research associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and has provided the Associated Press, National Public Radio, The Economist magazine, NBC-TV, CableVision and Connecticut media with analysis regarding American politics and U.S. foreign policy.

Keynote Speaker: Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Sworn in on Jan. 5, 2011, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is currently serving his first term as U.S. Senator for the State of Connecticut. Blumenthal served five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, fighting for people against large and powerful special interests. As attorney general, he also advocated for reforms in the health insurance industry to assure critical health care coverage and lower pharmaceutical drug prices. His aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights and personal privacy has helped to reshape the role of state attorneys general nationwide, and resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers and consumers each year. A key player in the national fight against Big Tobacco, he helped bring an end to deceptive marketing aimed at children. He also helped to lead a coalition of all 50 states that culminated in historic agreements with social networking sites to better protect children from Internet predators. From 1977 to 1981, Blumenthal served as a U.S. Attorney for Connecticut. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, and the Connecticut State Senate from 1987 to 1990. Prior to his position as U.S. Attorney, Blumenthal also served as administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff, aide to former U.S. Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan when Moynihan was assistant to the President of the United States, and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Blumenthal graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. From 1970 to 1976, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Panelist: Mayor Mark Boughton

Mark Boughton is currently serving his sixth term as mayor of Danbury, the longest-serving Republican mayor in the city’s history. Boughton has made great strides in carrying “People Over Politics” as the core to his success. He has dedicated himself to downsizing and reorganizing municipal government, practicing solid financial management, enacting a variety of new legislative initiatives, delivering new customer service tools to Danbury’s residents and dramatically improving public safety. Boughton served three years as Connecticut’s 138th District state representative. During his time in Hartford, he achieved a perfect voting record in the General Assembly, where he was ranking member of the Environmental Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee. Boughton was born and raised in Danbury and graduated from Danbury High School. He graduated with a B.S. in History from Central Connecticut State University and received his master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University. In 1983, Boughton joined the infantry of the U.S. Army reserve and served until 1989. Boughton taught social studies at Danbury High School for 14 years. He continues to be a leading advocate of quality education for all children.  

Panelist: First Selectman Patricia Llodra

Since 2009, Patricia Llodra has served as the first selectman for Newtown, Conn. Llodra has built a successful 30-year career as an educator and leader, with her achievement gaining state and national recognition. Llodra became involved in local issues through active membership in the Sandy Hook PTA, the PTA Council, the St. Rose Parish Council, the League of Women Voters and the Republican Town Committee. She was elected to a six-year term on the Board of Education in 1976. In 1977, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. In 1978, Llodra became a National Science Foundation Fellow in the study of mathematics and received the Scholar’s Award for original study in applied psychology. She was a PIMMS Fellow (Project to Increase the Mastery of Math and Science) in 1984 and 1985 and was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Educational Leaders. During her long tenure as principal of Northwestern Regional School in Winsted, Llodra was selected by her peers as Connecticut’s Principal of the Year in 2001. After retiring as principal of Northwestern, she served as the Leader-in-Residence with the State Department of Education under a grant funded by the Wallace Foundation. Her focus was on building the capacity of school leaders to improve student achievement. She served as interim principal of Newtown High School for six months. Llodra returned to the state education department to design a statewide program of leadership development focused on those districts and schools not meeting federal standards. As an elected official, Llodra has focused her leadership abilities on improving collaboration within the council and enhancing communication with the community, especially during budget deliberations. Llodra has made a difference as her committees work to cut costs and increase efficiencies through the use of technology, as well as cooperation among all municipal agencies and the Board of Education.



Moderator: David Kittay, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Kittay specializes in teaching courses on Buddhism and on Eastern and Western philosophy. He is the translator of “The Vajra Rosary Tantra,” Alaṃkakalaśa’s “Commentary on the Vajra Rosary Tantra,” and, with Professor Lozang Jamspal, Pha Dampa Sangs Rgyas’s “One Hundred Spiritual Instructions to the Dingri People,” along with other books and articles about Buddhism, religion and law. He is the president of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York, and is presently translating, with Jamspal, “The Compendium of Dharma Sutra,” which is mainly about emptiness as a conventional phenomenon. He has some familiarity with the Arabic (Classical), Chinese, Chuvash, Hebrew, Kurdish, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, Persian, Russian, Sanskrit, Tibetan (Classical), Tibetan (Colloquial) and Turkish languages. Kittay also writes and lectures on the subject of compassionate lawyering, and has served as a trial and civil rights lawyer, federal bankruptcy trustee and a receiver for the Securities Exchange Commission. He is currently organizing and fundraising with a major social services agency for a Clemente Course for the Humanities, to teach humanities to underprivileged people in Harlem.

Panelist: Geshe Dadul Namgyal

Geshe Dadul Namgyal is an exceptional scholar and practitioner with extraordinary English- language skills in communicating the Buddhist Dharma at all levels. He received his Geshe Lharam, the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1993. In addition to serving as editor of Lhaksam Tsegpa, a journal produced by the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, and editor of Dreloma, a Drepung Loseling publication, he has also played a key role over the years as a convener, interpreter and speaker for numerous conferences and forums exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science, Western philosophy and psychology and other religious traditions, on both a national and international level. He also served for many years as the principal of the Monastic School for Modern Education at Drepung Loseling Monastery, and then as a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In recent years, he has served as the auxiliary English language translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity throughout the world.  www.drepung.org

Panelist: Mongi Dhaoudi

Mongi Dhaoudi has worked closely with the Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Newtown, Conn., as an adviser and consultant on numerous community-related projects and events. He also serves as the executive director for the Connecticut Chapter Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), where he organized several workshops and discussions on Islamophobia and the Muslim experience before and after 9/11. He participated and led several media campaigns and press conferences on issues concerning the Muslim community that were featured in numerous local, national and international media outlets such as NPR, Fox News and Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. Mongi works with high school and college students in a Youth Internship Program on topics that range from preparing tool-kits for schools on Islamic Cultural Competency to writing about Muslim youth perspectives in local news outlets. He also leads delegations to Capitol Hill every year for CAIR, where members of the Muslim community meet with their representatives in Washington, D.C., to advocate on issues of domestic and foreign concern. Prior to joining CAIR, Mongi served as head administrator at the SKF Academy in Hamden, Conn. 

Panelist: Rabbi Shaul Praver

Rabbi Shaul Praver has been with Congregation Adath Israel since 2002. He enriches his congregation with his musical background, his love for educating youth and adults, his passion for the Hebrew language and his spirited services that are inviting for all participants. Praver is passionate about calling Adath Isreal a “contemporary conservative” synagogue. “Contemporary” is meant to convey the progressive social values that enable the congregation to be completely accepting of interfaith families. Praver teaches that “conservative” is meant to convey a solid Hebrew/Judaic education offered to both youth and adults. Adath Israel, an independent institution, seeks to offer the best aspects of Conservative and Reform Judaism. Praver also teaches in the Nezvesky Hebrew School. www.congadathisrael.org

Panelist: Leo McIlrath, D.Min.

Reverend Leo McIlrath was born in Danbury and is a graduate of St. Peter School, Danbury High School and St. Bonaventure University. He previously served as a Roman Catholic priest and as a pastor for several parishes in North Carolina. He served as chaplain for Duke University and was a civilian chaplain to the U.S. Marine Corps at Cherry Point, N.C. McIlrath later received his Administrator’s License for the State of Massachusetts and served for 25 years as director of Elderly Services for the City of Danbury, teaching Latin and psychology at Western Connecticut State University while continuing to minister to people at the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, a soup kitchen and emergency housing shelter, that he co-founded in 1983. He currently serves as the leader of the CORPUS Community for Connecticut and ecumenical chaplain at the Lutheran Home of Southbury. He is the husband of Dianne McIlrath and the father of six children.




Moderator: Janine Coover

Janine Coover is a senior user experience consultant at Catalyst Group with more than 25 years’ experience working in digital strategy, interface design, relationship management and brand marketing. She has led strategic projects for Catalyst Group with nonprofit and for-profit clients such as AccuWeather, the College Board, AARP and Lehigh Valley Health Network. Her ongoing desire to understand people’s wants and needs has inspired the development of a variety of techniques for eliciting insights in group and one-on-one settings. She has recently taken on a leadership role in maintaining authentic and successful collaborative relationships among client team members and colleagues through the development of a Project Ownership discipline. Coover also serves as president of the board of directors of Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace (DNKL). In 2010–12 she co-chaired the steering committee to host talks by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at WCSU, and has since been involved in continuing this collaborative relationship between the university and DNKL with the proposed formation of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation.

Panelist: Agostinho Ribeiro, J.D.

Attorney Agostinho Ribeiro serves as chief executive officer of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith and concentrates in personal injury law. Ribeiro was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut” by the National Trial Lawyers Association in both 2010 and 2011. He was elected by his peers to the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Leaders Forum, a select group of attorneys recognized by the American Association of Justice, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ribeiro was born in New York City, and joined the law firm of Americo S. Ventura in 1989. Together they formed a partnership in 1991, which is now known as Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith. In 1992, Ribeiro opened a branch office in the World Trade Center in New York City, where he concentrated on federal court litigation. After September 11, 2001, Ribeiro and the law firm represented, pro bono, victims of the World Trade Center disaster, and were nationally honored for their volunteer efforts in this regard. He is a founding member of the Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut and was one of the founders of the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, which he served as its first president, and currently as a trustee.

Panelist: Peter D’Amico

Peter D’Amico is the president and CEO of SCB International Materials, a premier, full-service supplier to the global cement industry. D’Amico has been honored by the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club for his creation of the Newtown Youth Academy (NYA), which opened its doors Nov. 1, 2008. The NYA is a not-for-profit, community-centered organization dedicated to the health, fitness and general wellbeing of all Newtown-area residents. The Fitness Complex is an 86,000-square-foot, multi-use indoor sports complex on the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown, providing a safe and positive environment for community activity, fitness, training and sports competitions.

Panelist: Jeff Gitterman

Jeff Gitterman is an award-winning financial advisor and the founder and CEO of Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC (www.gawmllc.com). He is the co-founder of the consulting firm Beyond Success (www.BeyondSuccessConsulting.com). Gitterman’s first book, “Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity,” is published by AMACOM.  Gitterman has been featured in Money Magazine, CNN, Financial Advisor, London Glossy Magazine, New Jersey Business Journal, Affluent Magazine and News 12 New Jersey, among many others. In 2004, he was honored by Fortune Small Business Magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses.” In the past, Gitterman has produced and hosted the radio show, “Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity,” which challenged its listeners to go beyond traditional ideas about success and discover a deeper meaning to life. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board to the Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School, an organization that raises significant monies each year for autism research and support services.

Panelist: John Breitbart

John Breitbart is director of communications for North American Power, a Norwalk, Conn., based energy supplier offering an innovative opportunity in sustainable energy that provides charitable giving and cash rewards through a unique customer referral program. Breitbart studied entrepreneurship at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business and has a passion for using entrepreneurial principles to create, organize and manage ventures that achieve social change. Since joining North American Power in May 2010, he has been responsible for developing the company’s communications strategy; delivering informational and inspiring messages to referring customers with the ultimate goal of helping them achieve success and improve their lives through the North American Power referral opportunity. North American Power was named by Forbes Magazine as “One of the Most Promising Companies in America,” awarded “Energy Company of the Year” by the 2012 American Business Awards, and is also endorsed by Deepak Chopra. For more information, contact Andrew Appel at (917) 402-6218 or visit www.napower.com/andappel



Moderator: Casey Jordan, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Casey Jordan is a criminologist and attorney with more than 20 years of university teaching (presently at WCSU), mediation, scholarly research and criminal justice consulting experience. Emphasis on teaching excellence and curriculum development has resulted in several pedagogical publications, including Allyn & Bacon’s Blockbuster Approach series (Blockbuster Approach to Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology and Anthropology). Grant-funded research and scholarly journal articles reflect her studies on homicide trends, serial killing and multicide, human trafficking, victimology (child abuse, domestic violence, homicide and sexual assault), and police studies, including articles in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, the Praeger Handbook of Victimology, and African Americans & Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Jordan has served as the “In Session” criminologist and legal analyst on CNN’s sister station TruTV, as well as the in-house CNN criminologist covering unfolding crime stories and offering play-by-play assessment during live trials. Jordan is a frequent guest speaker at criminology associations, forensic conferences and justice forums, including annual presentations at Danbury Hospital’s Pediatrics Conference and the Exploration Program at Yale University. 

Panelist: Young Mi Park

Young Mi Park is a strategic marketing and business development consultant who has worked with both large companies and startups in the United States and internationally and with people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Although much of her formal career has been spent in the business world, she has maintained a varied and lifelong relationship with the education sector that has included governance, board, part-time, teaching and volunteer roles with charter, public, private, DOD, for-profit and international schools. Park’s professional involvement in education has included roles such as chief marketing and enrollment officer for Nations Academy and senior vice president for strategy of Global Partnership Schools — two education start-up initiatives that strove to rethink education both in the U.S. and overseas. She also served as vice president of international planning and strategy for Sesame Workshop. Early in her career, she taught English as a Second Language and developed extracurricular programs for school-aged children. Park has also served in many volunteer roles in education, including founding board member of the highly successful Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School in New York City, board governance member of an international school in Asia, and alumni mentor for minority college students.

Panelist: Wilson Hurley, L.C.S.W.

Wilson Hurley is a clinical social worker in private practice as well as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. He has been a long-term student of Tibetan Buddhism and a Buddhist teacher. Hurley is currently working with Tom Pruzinsky to develop training modules for mindfulness/compassion/insight that can be easily understood and taught to diverse groups. From 1989–002, Hurley was a clinical/school social worker with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS, placed at the Olde Creek Center, a public day school program for children with emotional disabilities. Over the years with FCPS, he trained student interns, took part in speaking engagements on depression, worked with oppositional children, provided resiliency training, and more. A few of the many projects he helped to develop are the “Saturday Friends” program for children with an incarcerated parent, the “Early Intervention Study Team Recommendation Report” for children with behavioral problems, and the “Fairfax Child Needs and Services Survey Project” for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. He co-chaired the Violence Prevention Group, a cooperative effort between the Fairfax Association of School Social Workers and the Fairfax Association of School Psychologists. Prior to his work at FCPS, Hurley worked at various clinical, psychiatric and medical centers. Some of his published works include “The Water and Wood Shastras” by Gungtang Rinpoche, translated by Yeshe Kedrup and Wilson Hurley, released by Karuna Publications (www.karunapublications.com), November 2012; and a co-translation from the original Tibetan (with Yeshe Kedrup) of Wagindra Patu Siddhi’s “Dedication of Merits from Building and Turning Prayer Wheels” included in “Wheel of Great Compassion,” edited by Lorne Ladner and published by Wisdom Publications, 2000. Hurley’s article, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nonviolent Struggle for Tibet,” was included in the “Spirituality and Nonviolence” issue of the International Journal of Nonviolence, published by Nonviolence International, 1996.

Panelist: Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis and founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1990. She began her career at the Greenwich Times in Greenwich, Conn., as an editorial assistant and freelance writer. She then worked at Greenwich Capital Markets in the Municipal Arbitrage department, eventually moving to northwest Arkansas and joining Llama Company, an investment banking firm owned by Alice Walton (daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton) trading bonds and doing investment banking. She moved back to Connecticut to join OptiMark, a startup trading software company, and later joined a real estate company and obtained her real estate license. When she became a parent for the first time, Lewis wrote and published a children’s book, “Rose’s Foal.” An artist and avid horsewoman, Lewis lives on a small horse farm in Connecticut with her son, JT, and her animals.

Panelist: Thomas Pruzinsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Pruzinsky is currently a professor of psychology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Since 1985, his scholarly and clinical work has focused on the psychological aspects of reconstructive plastic surgery, adjustment to disfigurement and body image. Early in his career, Pruzinsky was a full-time member of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he also was the primary psychological consultant to the burn center. For many years, he served as an adjunct professor of plastic surgery at New York University Medical Center and has collaborated with colleagues at Yale University Medical School on a series of research projects. In addition to publishing dozens of professional papers, he and his colleagues have co-edited three books on body image and plastic surgery. For the past 12 years, he has been focusing on the mind-training and Lam Rim traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of loving-kindness meditation. More recently, he also has been focusing on systematically addressing the aspiration of health care professionals to maintain the highest level of compassion and empathy while providing medical care, using recent findings from the field of scientific Positive Psychology.



Moderator: Mitchell Prywes, M.D., FAAPMR, FAAMA, DAAPM
Medical Director, Center for Pain Rehabilitation

Dr. Mitchell Prywes graduated from the Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1988. Prywes served as associate medical director of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Danbury Hospital from 1988–90. In 1990, he established the Center for Pain Rehabilitation, an integrative pain management facility to treat patients with musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions.

Prywes has extensive training in Osteopathic Manual Medicine and the McKenzie Approach to neck and back pain, and is a myofascial pain specialist. He completed the UCLA Acupuncture for Physicians program in 1993 and served on the Board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) from 1997–2000. He is the founder and former chair of the Special Interest Group in Medical Acupuncture of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Prywes is Board Certified by AAPMR and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is an attending physician at Danbury Hospital. Prywes is a visiting instructor at the University of Connecticut Medical School, and participates in Integrative Medicine education for UConn’s Family Medicine Residency program. He is involved in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona, created by Dr. Andrew Weil. http://centerforpainrehab.com/about-dr-prywes/

Keynote Speaker: Bernie Siegel, M.D.

In 1978, Dr. Bernie Siegel reached a national and international audience when he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician who has cared for and counseled innumerable people whose mortality has been threatened by illness, Siegel embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. In May 2011, Siegel was honored by the Watkins Review of London, England, as one of the Top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet. He continues to break new ground in the field of healing, supporting changes in medical education to “humanize” medical practice. Siegel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He trained to become a surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veterans Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 1989, Siegel retired from Yale as an assistant clinical professor of General and Pediatric Surgery to speak to patients, their families and caregivers.

Author of 12 books, Siegel’s writings reflect his passion to reach people struggling with all of life’s challenges ― not just the physical ones ― so that each person can live life fully with the understanding that, as Siegel reminds us, “We only have today.” In 1978, nearly a decade before retirement, Siegel launched Exceptional Cancer Patients (ECaP), in which he and his wife and co-worker, Bobbie, remain active today. ECaP promotes a therapeutic approach that Siegel calls “Carefrontation,” which helps patients interpret their drawings, dreams and images to express their feelings about the healing process. The physical, spiritual and psychological benefits that emerge strengthen the immune system, a direct response to the power of the Mind-Body Connection about which Siegel has written and spoken extensively. Read Siegel’s regular blog posts on his website where you will also find his books, articles and CDs:  http://www.berniesiegelmd.com.

Panelist: James S. Gordon, M.D.

Dr. James S. Gordon is the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). He is the dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University as well as a clinical professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. He recently served as chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and was the first chair of the Program Advisory Council to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. A world-renowned expert in healing anxiety, depression and psychological trauma, Gordon has created groundbreaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students and other health professionals; for people with depression, cancer and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families. CMBM is working in Kosovo, Israel, Gaza and Haiti, as well as in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana and with U.S. military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Gordon has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has written more than 150 articles in leading professional journals and mainstream media. His latest book is “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression” (Penguin Press, 2008).

Panelist: David R. Shlim, M.D.

Dr. David R. Shlim ran the world’s busiest destination travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 1983 to 1998. He is the author of more than 40 original papers on the medical problems of travelers. In addition to caring for all the mountain climbers, trekkers, diplomats and aid workers in Nepal, he offered free medical care for newly arrived Tibetan refugees, and also provided free medical care for several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Shlim is president-elect of the International Society of Travel Medicine, an organization with 2,800 members in 84 countries. He has served as medical editor of the Center for Disease Control’s “Health Information for International Travel” (The Yellow Book) since 2007. He recently received an award for his lifetime contribution to wilderness medicine. Shlim developed a close relationship with several well-known Tibetan Buddhist lamas while living in Nepal. He is the co-author, with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, of “Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers” (Wisdom Publications, 2004), and lectures frequently on the topic of training one’s capacity for compassion. He is currently writing a memoir of his experiences in Nepal. Shlim resides in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he practices travel medicine and teaches Tibetan Buddhism.  


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