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Monthly Archive for February 2013

Buddhist Chaplaincy: An Overview

April 27, 2013
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Chaplains provide spiritual care and support to people in places such as hospitals, hospices, prisons and a wide variety of other settings. The work is wonderfully challenging and satisfying. In recent years, dharma practitioners have been experiencing chaplaincy as a powerful opportunity to practice engaged Buddhism, and for some, as a vocation and profession.

Join us for an explanation of this field of service, which is gaining in size and scope in dharma communities. Professional chaplains and educators will introduce aspects of chaplaincy, including: a definition of chaplaincy, the history of chaplaincy, settings where chaplains serve, and the steps one can take to become a volunteer or professional chaplain (including educational requirements) as a Buddhist practitioner.

Co-sponsored by: The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and The Institute of Buddhist Studies (www.shin-

This class will be held at the San Francisco Zen Center, and is offered on a donation basis. Please bring your own lunch.


9:30 Registration; Greeting; Sitting
10:00 Welcome: intros, purpose/overview of the day 10:15 What is a chaplain?; What is spiritual care? 12:00 A day in the life of a chaplain

1:00 Lunch Break

2:00 What is a Buddhist chaplain?
2:45 Path to becoming an employed chaplain:
4:00 Breakout sessions: IBS program w/Jaku and Sati training w/Jennifer 5:00 End; dedication of merit

Reverend Daijaku Judith Kinst, Ph.D. is the coordinator and primary professor for the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, a graduate school affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Ryukoku University, Kyoto. After ordination and formal Soto Zen priest training, Daijaku completed an MA in Western psychology, licensure as an MFT, and a PhD in Psychology and Buddhism. During this time she also trained as a chaplain at the UCSF Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. She is a dharma successor in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki roshi and, with Rev. Shinshu Roberts is the Guiding Teacher of the Ocean Gate Zen Zendo in Capitola, California. She has taught and led retreats with teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions, and maintains a pastoral counseling and spiritual direction practice in San Francisco.

Reverend Jennifer Block, M.A., serves as the director of Public Education and Chaplain for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California, creating curriculum, teaching workshops, offering spiritual care, and providing community outreach. With Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller, Jennifer founded the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies where Buddhist practitioners are introduced to the competencies of professional spiritual care. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, and her theology degree at Naropa University, and is an ordained Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain.

Three Lectures by Takamaro Shigaraki

Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 9:00 am

Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki, noted Shin Buddhist Scholar, former Professor and President of Ryukoku University, and author of A Life of Awakening: The Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path (2005) and Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A life of Awakening (2013) will be the key note speaker at three Buddhist Churches of America major events.

The first is the Winter Pacific Seminar 21st Century, held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The title of his presentation is The Path of the Nembutsu. He will speak in Japanese with English translation by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies. The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Shigaraki.

The event is co-sponsored by the IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, and hosted by the BCA Southern District Ministers Association and Buddhist Education Committee.

Registration donation of $30.00 includes lunch. Deadline is February 4, 2013. Southern District Temple members are asked to register through their local temple. General registration should visit the BCA website.

The second is the IBS and CBE sponsored Conversation with Shigarkgi-sensei on Tuesday, February 26,2013, at the San Mateo Marriott
Hotel. All BCA ministers, minister emeritus, and minister’s assistants are invited to take part in an informal conversation about the teachings and path of Jodo Shinshu with Shigaraki sensei. A light meal will follow.

Dr. Shigaraki’s final presentation, Tradition and Insight: Our encounter with the true essence of the Pure Land Way, will be presented on Thursday, February 28 in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting. The keynote address will explore the roles that a received tradition and personal engagement play in our realization of the truth of meaning of Jodo Shinshu. Presentations will also be made by Dr. Michael Conway of the Eastern Buddhist Society, and Rev Henry Adams of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple. The symposium is free of charge and open to all interest persons.

The symposium is sponsored by the IBS with the generous financial support of the George T. Aratani Endowment for the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies.

A Conversation with Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki

February 26, 2013
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

A Conversation with Shigaraki-sensei

The Institute of Buddhist Studies and The Center for Buddhist Education are very happy to invite all BCA ministers, ministers emeritus and minister’s assistants to take part in an informal conversation about the teachings and path of Jōdo Shinshū with Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki.

Shigaraki-sensei is a world-renown Shin Buddhist scholar and minister. His work, The Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A Life of Awakening, will reappear as a featured offering by Wisdom Publications.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:00 to 5:00 pm
at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel.

We anticipate a free-flowing and meaning conversation, which will take place largely in Japanese with occasional explanations in English. Participants will be invited to share a light meal at the JSC following the event.

For more information or to inquire about transportation options, please contact either the IBS or the CBE.

IBS Winter Symposium: Tradition and Insight

February 28, 2013
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

Tradition and Insight: 2013 IBS Winter symposium

Tradition and Insight: Our Encounter with the Pure Land Way

Please join us for the 2013 Institute of Buddhist Studies Winter Symposium

An exploration of the roles that a received tradition and personal engagement play in our realization of the truth and meaning of Jodo Shinshu.

Keynote address by
Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki
Professor Emeritus, Ryukoku University

and presentations by
Dr. Michael Conway of the Eastern Buddhist Society
Rev. Henry Adams of Oxnard Buddhist Temple

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 1 to 5 p.m.

San Mateo Marriott Hotel
1770 South Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402

A portion of the symposium will take place in Japanese with English translation.

Free of charge, open to all.

Sponsored by the George T. Aratani Endowment for the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies.

Winter Pacific Seminar: the Path of the Nembutsu

February 23, 2013
8:30 amto5:00 pm

The 2013 Winter Pacific Seminar will be held at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on February 23, 2013. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education. Please visit this link for more information and registration.


Please download this flyer for more information.

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