Notable Living Contemporary Teachers

Place of Birth
Zürich, Switzerland

Foundation of Teaching
Life & Death, Psychology, Five Stages of Grieving

Example of Teaching
“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-born American psychiatrist, pioneered the concept of providing psychological counseling to the dying. In her first book, On Death and Dying (published in 1969), she described five stages she believed were experienced by those nearing death—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She also suggested that death be considered a normal stage of life, and offered strategies for treating patients and their families as they negotiate these stages.

During her career, Kübler-Ross wrote more than 20 books on death and related subjects, including To Live Until We Say Goodbye (1978), Living with Death and Dying (1981), and The Tunnel and the Light (1999). She also traveled around the world, giving her “Life, Death, and Transition” workshops. Funded by the profits from her books, workshops, and talks, she established Shanti Nilaya, an educational retreat center in Escondido, California, in 1977. Around that same time, she formed the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center.



  1. “Live, so you do not have to look back and say: ‘God, how I have wasted my life.”
  2. “People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
  3. “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”
  4. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
  5. “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”
  6. “Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.”
  7. “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
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