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Dr. Alejandro Chaoul

Director of Research

Ligmincha Institute

HQ Phone: (434) 263-6304

Ligmincha Institute

554 Drumheller Lane

Shipman, Virginia 22971

United States

Company Description

Ligmincha Institute was founded in 1992 by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in order to preserve and introduce to the West the religious teachings and arts of the ancient Tibetan Bon Buddhist tradition. With generous donations and the hard work of Tenzin Rin... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Assistant Professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Associate Faculty

U.T. Health Mc Govern Center for Humanities and Ethics

Affiliations

Advisor
Rothko Chapel

Board Member
Compassionate Houston Inc

Members
Society for Integrative Oncology

Associate Faculty Member
McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics

Education Committee Chairman
Yoga Association of Houston

Board Member
Yoga Association of Houston

Education



Ligmincha Institute


Integrative Medicine Program
UT Medical School

BS
Mass Communications
Boston University

MA

Ph. D.

Doors Academy

Ph.D.

Ligmincha Center for Texas Institute for Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts

Ph.D.

Rice

Ph.D.

University of Texas Medical School at Houston , University of St. Thomas

Ph.D.
Tibetan Religions
Rice University

Web References (186 Total References)


Ligmincha Texas РThe B̦n Buddhist Center in the Heart of Houston

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Image of Alejandro Chaoul Alejandro Chaoul leads a mediation class at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Alejandro Chaoul, center, leads classes in Tibetan meditation and yoga at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Medical Center.
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Sun spills through the blinds and throws precise rectangles on the floor, illuminating Alejandro Chaoul's back as he leads the circle through meditation.
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Chaoul is a doctor, but of the Ph.D. variety, having earned his doctorate at Rice University in Tibetan religion. He started teaching free meditation classes at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a volunteer 15 years ago, then worked part time through a research grant on Tibetan yoga for people with lymphoma before becoming full-time faculty. He never planned to work at a hospital, but his path mirrors what healing has come to mean in the health care world.
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As a boy, Chaoul said existential attacks would swallow him at night, alone in the dark of his room: "I'm going to die and then what?"
He said difficult events in his life, like his parents' divorce, propelled him to seek out the spiritual. Not that Chaoul didn't already have spirituality in his life. He was born Jewish in Catholic Argentina and attended a Presbyterian school before moving to India in pursuit of Buddhist teachings. His first job was in advertising, but he soon turned to Eastern philosophy.
At 24, he traveled to India and stayed for almost a year, finding Indian and Tibetan meditation teachers and practicing several hours a day. When he moved back to Argentina, he helped coordinate the Dalai Lama's trip there and accompanied him to Chile and Venezuela. Eventually, Chaoul found his way to Houston.
His teachers encouraged him to start teaching, so he began giving classes at Ligmincha Texas, a Buddhist center in Houston. There, he encountered Maria Alma Rodriguez, an M.D. Anderson lymphoma doctor who asked him to teach at the cancer center.
Chaoul said his father always wondered what he was going to do with a religious studies Ph.D. In 1998, before Chaoul starting teaching at M.D.
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He has a classic view of the world," Chaoul said.
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Chaoul, 50, still practices Tibetan meditation by himself before the sun rises every day, but he also teaches nearly every day of the week, including classes for faculty and staff, medical students and the community at places like The Rothko Chapel, Jung Center, Ligmincha, Rice and the Asia Society. He has come to embrace working at the intersection of body and mind.
In class, it's not quiet, a dull beep pulses somewhere else in the hospital, and the vents blow long, heavy blasts into the room. Distractions pull at our "monkey minds," Chaoul tells the meditators, always swinging from thought to thought. There are so many outside things to notice - eyes flutter open when someone coughs - so focus instead on your breath, he advises; find grounding in yourself. Chaoul taps a bell, and the sound is so clear it circles the room.


Ligmincha Texas РThe B̦n Buddhist Center in the Heart of Houston

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Image of Alejandro Chaoul Alejandro Chaoul leads a mediation class at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Alejandro Chaoul, center, leads classes in Tibetan meditation and yoga at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Medical Center.
...
Sun spills through the blinds and throws precise rectangles on the floor, illuminating Alejandro Chaoul's back as he leads the circle through meditation.
...
Chaoul is a doctor, but of the Ph.D. variety, having earned his doctorate at Rice University in Tibetan religion. He started teaching free meditation classes at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a volunteer 15 years ago, then worked part time through a research grant on Tibetan yoga for people with lymphoma before becoming full-time faculty. He never planned to work at a hospital, but his path mirrors what healing has come to mean in the health care world.
...
As a boy, Chaoul said existential attacks would swallow him at night, alone in the dark of his room: "I'm going to die and then what?"
He said difficult events in his life, like his parents' divorce, propelled him to seek out the spiritual. Not that Chaoul didn't already have spirituality in his life. He was born Jewish in Catholic Argentina and attended a Presbyterian school before moving to India in pursuit of Buddhist teachings. His first job was in advertising, but he soon turned to Eastern philosophy.
At 24, he traveled to India and stayed for almost a year, finding Indian and Tibetan meditation teachers and practicing several hours a day. When he moved back to Argentina, he helped coordinate the Dalai Lama's trip there and accompanied him to Chile and Venezuela. Eventually, Chaoul found his way to Houston.
His teachers encouraged him to start teaching, so he began giving classes at Ligmincha Texas, a Buddhist center in Houston. There, he encountered Maria Alma Rodriguez, an M.D. Anderson lymphoma doctor who asked him to teach at the cancer center.
Chaoul said his father always wondered what he was going to do with a religious studies Ph.D. In 1998, before Chaoul starting teaching at M.D.
...
He has a classic view of the world," Chaoul said.
...
Chaoul, 50, still practices Tibetan meditation by himself before the sun rises every day, but he also teaches nearly every day of the week, including classes for faculty and staff, medical students and the community at places like The Rothko Chapel, Jung Center, Ligmincha, Rice and the Asia Society. He has come to embrace working at the intersection of body and mind.
In class, it's not quiet, a dull beep pulses somewhere else in the hospital, and the vents blow long, heavy blasts into the room. Distractions pull at our "monkey minds," Chaoul tells the meditators, always swinging from thought to thought. There are so many outside things to notice - eyes flutter open when someone coughs - so focus instead on your breath, he advises; find grounding in yourself. Chaoul taps a bell, and the sound is so clear it circles the room.


The three researchers involved in this ...

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The three researchers involved in this study-Barbara Stefik, Ph. D., Alejandro Chaoul, Ph. D., and Claire Clark, Ph. D., are also conducting a longitudinal study on the 2 1/2-year 3 Doors Academy meditation program, and other meditation programs that support people in the healing profession, people in business, and other professionals.

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Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at the Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He is also an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at UT's Medical School in Houston. Alejandro Chaoul is the director of research at Ligmincha International.


Alejandro Chaoul, ...

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Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.

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Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine program, where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group and individual meditation classes, and directs the education initiatives on integrative medicine. He is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University of Texas Medical School, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro is also on the Board and is a meditation and Tibetan yoga teacher of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts as well as an advisor for the Rothko Chapel. If Alejandro is unavailable, classes will be taught by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, Resident Teacher at Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts.


Alejandro Chaoul, ...

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Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.

...
Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine program, where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group and individual meditation classes, and directs the education initiatives on integrative medicine. He is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University of Texas Medical School, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro is also on the Board and is a meditation and Tibetan yoga teacher of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts as well as an advisor for the Rothko Chapel. If Alejandro is unavailable, classes will be taught by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, Resident Teacher at Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts.

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