Today’s blog post is bitter-sweet. We are writing to let you know that Bob Buckley, our dear Mind-Body Medicine faculty member, has passed. Our deepest condolences go to Bob’s partner George and to his family.
While our hearts are heavy knowing Bob is not with us anymore, we smile as we remember him and acknowledge the difference he has made in the world. Those of you who have not met Bob personally, please know that he was among our faculty from the start and has trained most of the current faculty. He has worked worldwide, sharing his passion for mind-body skills with veterans, Lakota at Pine Ridge, Alaska Natives, and “his brothers and sisters” in Kosovo, Israel, and Gaza and all those at our professional trainings.
Bob always shared and enriched our lives with his childlike wonder, gentle words, kind actions, compassionate, generous spirit, bright mind, and brave open loving heart. He was humble, and respected everyone (from big bosses to the last server in a restaurant) and stood up for those who could not defend themselves. His passion to learn and help others and his love of life have inspired so many of us. So as we grieve, we also stand in gratitude for having had the honor to know him. We will do our best to learn from his example.
We know many of you feel Bob’s loss as well as much pain from your own losses. We have been grieving Bob’s death and celebrating his life in many ways: sharing stories, dancing, breathing, with Tonglen meditation, and by letting those who are in our lives know how much we care for them. We invite you to do the same. You are welcome to join our community in lighting a virtual candle here.
We also want to honor Bob by establishing a scholarship fund for people who selflessly work with the neediest, including our teams who are working with those who have been so deeply traumatised in Gaza and Israel, for those who share their shining hearts as Bob did. We will let you know more about this in the coming days.