What Tibetan Buddhism Can Teach Us About Having Deeper Conversations After Difficult Times: A Conversation with Venerable George Churinoff

Time & Place

Noon – 2pm, Sunday, November 7, 2010 San Francisco, CA


On a rare trip to San Francisco, Venerable George Churinoff, who has been an ordained Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition for 35 years, will be interviewed on the topics of:

  1. how relationship struggles can deepen our wisdom and compassion from the point of view of Tibetan Buddhism, and
  2. contrasting Tibetan Buddhist teacher/student ("spiritual friend") relationships with psychotherapist/client relationships in Western cultures.

Time will be available for questions from the participants, and the talk will begin and end with a meditation from Venerable George. Music from the ethereal harp of Patrice Haan will complement this presentation.

This is the third in a series of interviews by Dr. David Bullard of leading Buddhist practitioners, therapists, and scholars that began with Tenzin Robert Thurman, Ph.D. and Mark Epstein, M.D.


A $20 donation will further Venerable George's work at Deer Park Buddhist Center and around the world.

Reservations Necessary

Seating will be limited, so please email your RSVP to david@drbullard.com to reserve your place at this celebration of the joys and mysteries of relationships.

Venerable George Churinoff is a physics graduate from MIT, and earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides at Deer Park Buddhist Center Madison, Wisconsin. Venerable George will also be teaching on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in San Francisco. For more information, check tsechenling.org.

David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affiliated with the Human Sexuality Program and the Behavioral Medicine Unit, hosted international symposia on sexuality and medical conditions, and taught courses to medical students, nurses, interns, residents, faculty, therapists and other health care providers. He currently consults with the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

David’s practice and teaching have been supported and deepened by exploring Tibetan Buddhism in Bhutan with Dr. Robert Thurman; by advanced training in the trauma therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, in Brazil with Dr. Peter Levine; and by enjoying time in the west of Ireland with David Whyte and others in celebration of the poetry of the human soul.