Nurturing Nectars: Quiet and Connection
Teacher: Susan Bauer-Wu
President, Mind & Life Institute
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Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, is the president of the Mind & Life Institute, a global non-profit organization co-founded 30 years ago by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which serves as the primary convener, catalyst and community builder for the field of contemplative sciences.
Susan has dedicated her career to alleviating suffering and promoting flourishing. With a foundation as a registered nurse caring for individuals with cancer and mental illness as well as those facing the end of life, she went on to a productive academic career studying and applying contemplative practices in health care and higher education.
Susan has held faculty and leadership appointments at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Harvard Medical School, and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Immediately prior to joining Mind & Life Institute, Susan was the Kluge Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing, associate faculty in the UVa Department of Religious Studies, and member of the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center.
Besides many scholarly publications, Susan is the author of the book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness.