Robert Cusick currently training at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, is a former Buddhist monk who has practiced insight meditation since 1997. Trained in 1998 by Frank Ostaseski, as a Zen Hospice Project EOL (end-of-life) volunteer caregiver, he has worked at the bedside of the dying and with their families, loved ones, co-workers and companions. In 2009 he trained and currently serves as a bereavement counsellor at Kara, where he provides one-on-one grief support for adults and lead men’s grief groups. He has studied in the Soto Zen tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond Approach with A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) and in Spirit Rock’s multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program. He ordained in Burma under the world renowned Burmese Meditation Master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied there with him for a number of years. His practice is focused on recognizing and cultivating compassion through the application of mindfulness.