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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.

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