Nelumno_nucifera_open_flower_-_botanic_garden_adelaide2The certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy is available either to student in the GTU common-MA program or as a stand-alone certificate, supplementing significant previous academic and/or clinical studies. The certificate indicates that the student has completed a course of study focusing on the application of Buddhist thought and practice in pastoral care and chaplaincy.

The Buddhist Chaplaincy Certificate Program is overseen by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Graduate Theological Union, and participants are advised by Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, Director, Buddhist Chaplaincy Degree Program. Students enrolled in the program as a stand-alone certificate are required to 1) consult with the program director at the start of their studies to design an appropriate plan for completing requirements, and 2) get approval for each class taken toward the certificate at the beginning of each semester.

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Program Requirements

Please note: requirements may be different for students enrolled concurrently in the common-MA program. Please consult with your advisors for specifics.

  1. Eight 3-unit courses (24 total units; one required — PSHR 3076 Buddhist Pastoral Care I  seven elective courses chosen in consultation with advisor)
  2. Program summary reflection (approximately 2,000 word) completed at end of program
  3. Portfolio of term papers from courses taken in fulfillment of the program

Students with no prior academic study of Buddhism are strongly encouraged to take either Introduction to Buddhist Thought (HR 1510), or the two semester sequence Buddhist Traditions of South Asia (HRHS 1515, HRHS 8151) and Buddhist Traditions of East Asia (HRHS 1518, HRHS 8152), offered annually.