Francine Rainone is a Buddhist with training in the Zen, Insight and Vajrayana traditions. After years as an academic philosopher and later as an acupuncturist and herbalist she became a physician. Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, her life’s work has been to bring compassion and joy into daily life. Her work experience includes primary care settings, hospitals and nursing homes. She has taught undergraduates, graduates, residents and Fellows.