Shambhala Sunday Gathering—Dynamic Compassion: The Life and Times of a Death Doula and Funeral Clergy

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024 (15:00 -16:00)

Sunday Gatherings are LIVE every week at 3:00 p.m. ET

Donations are welcome!

Join Meli-Tashi Happy and Chaplain Alley Smith in a conversation about relating with death and dying in fields of spiritual care. In this session, we will explore end-of-life care planning, coordination, bereavement, resilience, and sustainable compassion. 

Recommended Reading Material [Not Required]:

Navigating Grief and Loss: 25 Practices to Keep Your Heart Open To Yourself & Others by Kimberly Brown 

Death Nesting: The Heart-Centered Practices of a Death Doula by Anne-Marie Keppel

About the Teachers

Meli-Tashi Happy is the End-of-Life Coordinator for Seattle Shambhala Center, a death doula, and somatic educator. Her Buddhist path began in 1997 in the Zen tradition, and in 2007 she found the Shambhala teachings. She’s taken Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows, and is a devoted Vajrayana student. She helps foster ‘community death care’ education and connections.

Rev. Alley Smith (she/her) is an ordained Shambhala Buddhist Minister of Religion (Upadhyaya) at Brown University. She also holds 10 precepts in Korean Zen Buddhism. Alley is a US military war veteran. During her career, Alley served with the military funeral honors teams in the US Marine Corps and Navy Reserve. She specializes in teaching Buddhism, spiritual care, mortuary affairs and as a funeral clergy. Alley is deeply influenced by Pure Land, Shin Buddhism, and Vajrayana. She has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism and Zen since 1999.  She currently hosts "Making Friends with Death and Dying: Support Group" on Shambhala Online. 

Contact email: [email protected]