Dharma at Times of Need: symposium jointly sponsored by IBS and Harvard

M. Editor  |  April 11, 2013

A two day symposium jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, will be conducted on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA , with the theme “Dharma at Times of Need: The interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry.”

“This two-day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of how 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 hose times of need,” said, Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.

IBS and Harvard students and faculty will present papers to be discussed in their field of study.

The program:


Friday, May 3

3:00 – 3:30 pm                    Opening Greetings

3:30 – 5:30 pm                    First Panel

5:30 – 6:00 pm                    Break/Refreshments

6:00 – 7:00 pm                    Keynote: “Buddhist Chaplaincy and Practical Ministry in an International  Context.”


Saturday, May 4

8:30 – 9:00 am                    Opening Greetings

9:00 – 11:00 am                  Second Panel

11:00 – 1:00 pm                  Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 pm                    Third Panel

3:00 – 3:30 pm                    Break

3:30 –  5:30 pm                    Fourth Panel

5:30 –  6:00 pm                    Closing


The symposium is free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate are asked to register online.

1 thought on “Dharma at Times of Need: symposium jointly sponsored by IBS and Harvard”

  1. Sala Steinbach says:

    I have done 3 units of chaplaincy at UCSF and am a lay practitioner Zen. I know nothing of IBS but am curious about this program. I saw a notice for the program when visiting Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

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