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Dharma at Times of Need

Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 1:43 pm


With the theme: “Dharma at Times of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry,” a jointly sponsored symposium by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Harvard Divinity School, was held on May 3-4, 2013 at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. Presentations were made by faculty and students.

“The joint event provided an opportunity for students and faculty to share their experiences bringing a Buddhist religious orientation into action in ministry and chaplaincy. Upon completion of the symposium there was consensus that another meeting would be beneficial,” said Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.

In the first session, Daijaku Kinst, Director, Chaplaincy Program at IBS, presented a paper titled, “What Makes Buddhist Chaplaincy Buddhist? Developing an Educational Foundation for Buddhist Chaplains and Ministers in a Multi-Tradition and Multi-Faith Setting.” Dawn Neal, IBS Chaplaincy student’s presentation was titled, “Offering Buddhist Practice Outside Buddhism: Considerations for Training Buddhist Chaplains.”  Adrinanne Vincent, HDS, presented, “Buddhist Hospital Chaplaincy, Vipassana Meditation, and Caring for Cancer Patients and Caregivers.”  Kazuha Fujii, Ryukoku University, presented a paper on, “Practical Shin Buddhist Studies: A Student ‘s Perspective.”

The keynote address was delivered by Seigen Yamaoka, IBS. He spoke on the topic, “Making Ministry Practical: Changing Roles in Japan. He spoke on the movement for the rise of what is called “practical ministry” as a new movement in educating ministers in Japan.

The second session on Saturday began with Peter Yuichi Clark, American Baptist Seminary of the West and Manager of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He spoke on, “ Offering Respectful Care While Navigating Multi-Racial and Multi-Religious Boundaries.”  Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, HDS, presented, “Exploring Buddhist Ministry in the Pulpit and in 12-Step Groups.”  Matthew Hamasaki, IBS Ministry, presented, “Ministering to Diversity: The Jodo Shinshu Sangha in America.” Margaret Lowe, HDS, presented, “Buddhist Ministries in the Church.”

The third session presenter, Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, HDS, due to illness was not able to make her presentation titled, “Self Renewal Through Natural Empathy: Caring for Ourselves and Others.” Bill Dearth, IBS Ministry, presented, “Ministering to the LGBT Community in BCA Temples.”  Chenxing Han, IBS Chaplaincy, presented, “Voices from the Two-Thirds: Young Adult Asian American Engage with Buddhism.” Nancy Chu, HDS, presented, “The Role of Pain in Transformative Religious Practices.

The fourth session had Trent Thornley, IBS Chaplaincy, present, “Skill in Storytelling What the Ariyapariyesana Sutta (Noble Search) Offers Buddhist Caregivers.” Sarah Jabbour, HDS, presented, Dharma in Dying.” Dr. Payne, IBS, presented, “To Whom does Kisa Gotami Speak? A Tale of Three Audiences.”

In concluding the symposium, Dr. Payne thanked Ms. Gillette for her help in working on the program, and  the following IBS staff for their support:  Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Dr. Scott Mitchell, Dr. Takahiro Kameyama, Rev. Yufuko Kurioka, and the IBS Office staff, Linda Shiozaki, Sayaka Inaishi,  and Lia Noguchi.

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Photo of presenters:

Front row Left to Right:  Trent Thornley (IBS), Dr.  Cheryl Giles (HDS), Chenxing Han (IBS), Nancy Chu (HDS), Margaret Lowe (HDS), Matthew Hamasaki (IBS), and Dr. Richard Payne.

Back row: Dr. Daijaku Kinst (IBS), Dr. Seigen Yamaoka (IBS), Kazuha Fujii (Ryukoku), Dawn Neal (IBS),  Adrianne Vincent (HDS), Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick (HDS), Sarah Jabbour (HDS), and Julie Gillette (HDS).

Not pictured are: Bill Dearth (IBS) and Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark (ABSW).

Dharma at Times of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry

May 3, 2013 3:00 pmtoMay 4, 2013 5:00 pm

Register online now!

buddhist prayer flags chaplain ministryFundamental to the teachings of Buddhism is a description of the human condition as one of suffering, frustration and disappointment. A deep understanding of this condition is the necessary step toward living with and through that actuality, especially when we are confronted by that actuality in its starkest terms — the death of a loved one, a terminal illness, loss of hope, anguish.

This two day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of the Dharma can benefit people at the times of greatest suffering, frustration and disappointment, and the role of minister and chaplain in assisting others at and through those times of need.

Location: Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, CA

Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

This symposium is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, and the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge.

DHARMA AT TIMES OF NEED: THE INTERFACE OF CHAPLAINCY AND MINISTRY

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013
All sesssions will be held in the Kodo (Lecture Hall), second floor at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

Click here to download a PDF of this schedule.

Session 1: Friday, 3:30 to 5:30

Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Harvard Divinity School
“SELF RENEWAL THROUGH NATURAL EMPATHY: CARING FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS”

Dawn Neal, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“OFFERING BUDDHIST PRACTICES OUTSIDE BUDDHISM: CONSIDERATIONS FOR TRAINING BUDDHIST CHAPLAINS”

Adrianne Vincent, Harvard Divinity School
“BUDDHIST HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY, VIPASSANA MEDITATION, AND CARING FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS”

Kazuha Fujii, Ryukoku University
“PRACTICAL SHIN BUDDHIST STUDIES (JISSEN SHINSHŪGAKU 実践眞宗学): A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE”

Keynote Address: Friday, 6:00 to 7:00

Seigen Yamaoka, Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MAKING MINISTRY PRACTICAL: CHANGING ROLES IN JAPAN”

Session 2: Saturday, 9:00 to 11:00

Peter Yuichi Clark, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
“OFFERING RESPECTFUL CARE WHILE NAVIGATING MULTI-RACIAL AND MULTI- RELIGIOUS BOUNDARIES”

Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Harvard Divinity School
“EXPLORING BUDDHIST MINISTRY IN THE PULPIT AND IN 12-STEP GROUPS”

Matthew Hamasaki, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MINISTERING TO DIVERSITY: THE JODO SHINSHU SANGHA IN AMERICA”

Margaret Lowe, Harvard Divinity School “BUDDHIST MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH”

Session 3: Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00

Daijaku Kinst, Director, Chaplaincy Program, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“WHAT MAKES BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY BUDDHIST?: DEVELOPING AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR BUDDHIST CHAPLAINS AND MINISTERS IN A MULTI-TRADITION AND INTERFAITH SETTING”

Bill Dearth, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MINISTERING TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN BCA TEMPLES”

Chenxing Han, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“VOICES FROM THE TWO-THIRDS: YOUNG ADULT ASIAN AMERICANS ENGAGE WITH BUDDHISM”

Nancy Chu, Harvard Divinity School
“THE ROLE OF PAIN IN TRANSFORMATIVE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES”

Session 4: Saturday, 3:30 to 5:00

Trent Thornley, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“SKILL IN STORYTELLING: WHAT THE ARIYAPARIYESANA SUTTA (NOBLE SEARCH) OFFERS BUDDHIST CAREGIVERS”

Sarah Jabbour, Harvard Divinity School
“DHARMA IN DYING”

Richard K. Payne, Dean, and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“TO WHOM DOES KISA GOTAMI SPEAK?: A TALE OF THREE AUDIENCES”

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. Please register here.

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