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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- ibs.edu).

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

Schedule

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. daijaku@shin-ibs.edu

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.

The Arts of Contemplative Care Book Event

October 26, 2012
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

The arts of contemplative careThe San Francisco Zen Center is hosting an evening of readings and reflections on The Arts of Contemplative Care – edited by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller and recently released by Wisdom Publications – with contributing authors Daijaku Judith Kinst, Jennifer Block, Grace Schireson, and others.

In confluence with San Francisco Zen Center’s Contemplative Caregiver Course, The Arts of Contemplative Care collects the experiences and reflections of Buddhists for whom care is a form of spiritual practice. This new book explores the budding field of Buddhist “Contemplative Care” through the eyes of it pioneers. These individuals work in the diverse fields of hospital and hospice chaplaincy, prison ministry, military chaplaincy, college chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, pastoral education and Buddhist ministry, as professionals or volunteers.

Join us for an intimate view into this emergent field of engaged practice. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is being hosted by the San Francisco Zen Center. Please contact the SFZC for more information.

Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:00 am

Some 30 people, with various interest in Buddhist chaplaincy attended the first “Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference: An Overview of Spiritual Care Giving,” co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Sati Center Program for Buddhist Chaplaincy at the Jodo Shinshu Center , Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Rev. Jennifer Block, a teacher at the Sati Center, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, IBS Pastoral Care professor, presented a wide range of material on Buddhist Chaplaincy including a definition of chaplaincy and spiritual care, the day to day duties of a chaplain in various settings, and what distinguishes Buddhist chaplains.

They also described the path to becoming certified chaplains including the graduate academic program at IBS, the training program at the Sati Center, and the role of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Rev. Rod Seeger, the retired Director of Spiritual Care Services at University of California San Francisco medical center gave a presentation on the work of the chaplain, particularly in hospital setting based on his years of service as chaplain and chaplain supervisor.

Buddhist Chaplaincy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 9:47 am

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“Buddhist Chaplaincy: An Overview of Spiritual Care Giving,” a conference with Rev. Jennifer Block and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Rev. Block serves as a Director of Public education for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco and founder of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training at the Sati Buddhist Center for Buddhist for Buddhist Studies. Dr. Kinst is the coordinator and primary professor for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the IBS.

This event will provide information to chaplains who provide spiritual care and support in places such as hospitals, hospices, prisons, and a wide variety of other settings. In recent years, Dharma practitioners have been exploring chaplaincy as an opportunity to practice engaged Buddhism, and for some, as a vocation and profession.

This event is open to the public. Donations are welcome.

For more information, please visit our website or the Sati Center.

Buddhist Chaplaincy: an Overview of Spiritual Caregiving

May 7, 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Saturday May 7, 2011

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 nad 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, its history, settings, where chaplains serve, and the steps one can take to become a volunteer or professional chaplain (including educational requirements) as a Buddhist practitioner.

Information about the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and the Institutes of Buddhist Studies’ Chaplaincy Degree Program will also be provided.

All are welcome!

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Sati Center and featuring Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst and Rev. Jennifer Block.

Please contact Rev. Kinst for more information.

Location
Institute of Buddhist Studies
2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA

New Certificate and Degree Programs

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 8:26 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce a new Certification Program in Buddhism and Psychotherapy for clinicians who wish to deepen and expand their practice as psychotherapists through a rigorous study of the Buddhist teachings. Rev. Judith Daijaku Kinst, Ph.D., IBS Adjunct Professor, states that the interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy is an increasingly important one for both the individual psychotherapist and for the practical integration of Buddhist teaching into contemporary Western society.

The program will begin in the Fall 2009 semester and requires eight classes, the equivalent of a year of graduate level study, plus additional half-day clinical training sessions each semester that the student is enrolled in the program.

Admission to the program will require demonstration that one is already either a licensed psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, pastoral counselor, or other professional; or Buddhist ministers with substantial training, or a clinician who has completed the MA or PhD, and is currently completing hours for licensure.

In addition, the IBS will offer the Master of Divinity Degree ( MDiv) starting in the fall. The three year professional degree is common to all seminaries throughout the United States, and will fulfill chaplaincy requirement for the Association of Professional Chaplains.

For further information on the two programs, contact the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Buddhist Chaplaincy Program Open House & Orientation

May 23, 2009
9:00 amto2:30 pm

Please join us for an Open House and an Orientation for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. Meet our faculty and learn more about the
chaplaincy program.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Learn more about our Chaplaincy Program and other
Degree Programs and opportunities at the
Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Tentative Schedule:
9:00 am Doors Open & Registration
9:30 am What is Buddhist Chaplaincy?
1) IBS/GTU Overall Program Presentation
2) IBS & Buddhist Chaplaincy Program Presentation
3) IBS Partner Programs Presentation [Sati Center & NYCCC]
11:00 am Coffee Break
11:15 am Voice from the Field of Buddhist Chaplaincy: Military Chaplain
11:45 am Q&A / Free Discussion
12:15 pm Lunch & Building Tour
1:00 pm Buddhism Lecture by Prof. Lisa Grumbach (IBS Faculty)
2:00 pm Adjourn
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