Buddhist Teacher | Author, Making Friends with Death
Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher who trained under the Tibetan meditation master Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years and continues to teach and to lead pilgrimages and retreats throughout the world.
She is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality and numerous articles. Ms. Lief is the editor of many of Trungpa Rinpoche’s books, including the three-volume set, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, which gives a penetrating overview of the view, practice, and application of the three stages of the Tibetan Buddhist path.
Judy has been leading workshops on a contemplative approach to death and dying, and on the teachings of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, since 1976. She had the privilege of working with Florence Wald, a founding mother of the Hospice movement in the United States on several conferences and dialogues examining the role of spirituality in the care of the sick and dying.
Judy is a founding faculty member of the Courageous Women, Fearless Living Cancer Retreat, held annually at the Shambhala Mountain Center.
Judy is also a founding member of The Contemplative Alliance, an affiliate of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. This organization brings together contemplatives and activists from many traditions who seek to apply contemplative understanding to pressing global issues.
She focuses on how training in mindfulness, awareness, and compassion can be of benefit in facing the challenges and concerns of everyday life.