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David Shlim MD

The Compassion in Medicine Project

David Shlim MD

18th Sep, 2023

Join us as we navigate the fascinating journey of David Shlim MD, an exceptional healer and physician, and his integration of compassion, wisdom, and Buddhist philosophy into the field of medicine. David shares his personal and spiritual transformation from an English literature major to a pioneering figure in travel medicine, a tour doctor for the Rolling Stones, and an ardent student of Buddhist philosophy. His exploration of the teachings of his spiritual mentor, Choki Nyima Rinpoche, sheds light on the importance of self-compassion and how it naturally blossoms into compassion for others.

Throughout this episode, David imparts his wisdom on  the role of compassion in the medical field. He discusses how his meditative practices and the teachings of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche transformed his approach towards his patients and brought a sense of openness and empathy into his medical practice. With his compelling stories and insights, David offers a unique perspective on understanding suffering, accepting life’s impermanence, and finding resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

Finally, we engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the current state of medical education and the need for a shift towards a more compassionate and empathetic approach. David encourages listeners to visit the Medicine and Compassion Project website and emphasizes the importance of self-compassion in fostering a more positive and empathetic healthcare environment. This episode offers a profound look at the intersection of medicine, compassion, and spirituality and leaves listeners with a fresh perspective on the healing potential of compassion. So, tune in as we journey with David Shlim MD into the heart of compassionate medicine.

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(0:00:01) – Exploring Wisdom With Remarkable Healers

(0:03:49) – Becoming a Healer

(0:17:52) – Training Compassion in Western Medicine

(0:24:14) – Compassion and Personal Transformation

(0:34:57) – Understanding Impermanence and Life’s Challenges

(0:42:25) – Personal and Spiritual Development in Medicine

(0:46:58) – Understanding Suffering and Compassion in Medicine

(1:02:32) – Importance of Compassion in Medical Education

(1:08:51) – Teaching Compassion and Self-Compassion in Medicine

(1:23:27) – Training Compassion in Medicine

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