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Daijaku Judith Kinst

Daijaku Kinst

Buddhism and Buddhist Pastoral Care
Director of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Degree Program


B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles
M.A., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco



Daijaku Judith Kinst was ordained in the Soto Zen tradition in 1988 and is a dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. After completing formal priest training she went on to obtain a Master's degree in psychology and licensure as a psychotherapist. During this time she trained as a chaplain in UCSF Medical Center's Clinical Pastoral Education program. She completed her Ph.D. in 2004. Her study focused on an investigation of the Buddhist teachings of dependent co-arising, emptiness, and no-self as they relate to the experience of trust, faith and subjectivity in the practice of Soto Zen. Along with teaching classes in Buddhist Pastoral Care, Buddhism and Psychology and Zen Buddhism, she is Director of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. She is also co-teacher of the Ocean Gate Zen Center in Capitola, California.


Dr. Kinst is a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Buddhist Christian Studies. She serves on the board of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and is an active member of the American Zen Teachers Association as well as the ASZB, the North American Soto Zen teachers affiliated (kaikyoshi) with the Sotoshu in Japan. She also serves on the editorial board of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry and is member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Spiritual Care Department of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.


Her most recent publications include:


"Cultivating and Appropriate Response: Educational Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Providers." In The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. C. Giles & W. Miller (eds.) Wisdom (2012).

"Ziyong's Ship of Compassion." in Record of the Hidden Lamp: 100 Koans and Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women. F. Caplow & S. Moon (eds.) Wisdom (2013)

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