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About the Living/Dying Project and Dale Borglum

Dale Borglum is the founder and Executive Director of Living/Dying Project. He is a pioneer in the conscious dying movement and has worked directly with thousands of people with life-threatening illness and their families for over 30 years. In 1981, Dale founded the first residential facility for people who wished to die consciously in the United States, The Dying Center.

He has taught and lectured extensively on the topics of spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, on caregiving as a spiritual practice, and on healing at the edge, the edge of illness, of death, of loss, of crisis. Dale has a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. He is the co-author of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook, Bantam Books and has taught meditation for the past 35 years.

He has intensively immersed himself in the practices of devotion, meditation, and contemplative prayer for over forty years, studying with many of the greatest masters of the last century, including Neem Karoli Baba, Suzuki Roshi, Ananda Mayee Ma, Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse, Mahasi Sayadaw, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche, Goenka, Dudjom Rinpoche and HH the Dalai Lama. Dale has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Rev. Wayne Muller, and many others. His life’s work and passion has been and continues to be the healing of our individual and collective relationship with death and also using our mortality as an inspiration for spiritual awakening.

The core work of the Living/Dying Project is about healing

The core work of the Living/Dying Project is about healing, healing our body, our mind, and our spirit, healing that is inspired and motivated by the preciousness of human life itself and by the fact that we will all die but we do not know when.

We serve four groups of people:

  • caregivers
  • healthcare professionals
  • those facing a life-threatening illness
  • anyone on the path of spiritual awakening who wishes to deepen their practice

For anyone confronting a life-threatening illness or caring for someone with a critical illness, finding conscious and compassionate emotional and spiritual support for deep healing is essential.


Mission Statement

Imagine facing death
without fear.

Imagine using
a life-threatening
illness as an opportunity
for spiritual awakening.

Imagine approaching
the unknown with
an open heart.

We often resist change
as a natural part of life.

Strength and healing
can be found in life’s
most difficult situations.

The Living/Dying Project
offers compassionate
support in the spirit of
mutual exploration to
those facing life-
threatening illness.



Not only is another world possible,
she is on her way.
On a quiet day,
I can hear her breathing.
~~ Arundhati Roy

 

 

Staff

Dale Borglum, Executive Director
Curtis Grindahl, Intake Coordinator

Board of Directors

Dale Borglum
Mira Goetsch
Mike Murphy
Kristin Singer
Doug Wallace

Advisory Board

Jerry Brown
Fritijof Capra
Joan Halifax
Jack Kornfield
Anne Lamott
Joanna Macy
Wayne Muller
John Robbins
Robert Thurman

In Memoriam Advisory Board

Angeles Arrien
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Stephen Levine


Living/Dying Project Non-Discrimination Policy
The Living/Dying Project does not discriminate against employees, volunteers, board members, and the members, clients, or students it serves on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, handicap, ancestry, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.