Buddhist Chaplaincy Speaker Series

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Each month, our Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program invites individuals working in the field of Spiritual Care to share their experiences and inspirations, and to address the most relevant and emerging topics in Chaplaincy and Buddhist Chaplaincy today. This series is open to the public. Scroll down to view and listen to past talks.

Students enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy program automatically receive notifications for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Speaker Series (BCSS). Non-students interested in attending all upcoming talks without individually registering for each can sign up using the link below.

Upcoming Talks

Saturday, July 6th 2024
9:00 – 10:00am PST

Exploring Vajrayana-Informed Chaplaincy with Lama Justin von Bujdoss

The Zen traditions have long had a vital impact in establishing and deepening Buddhist contemplative approaches to chaplaincy and spiritual caregiving. The Vajrayana Buddhist traditions have been slower to bring the wisdom of Tantric Buddhism to the practice and continued development of Buddhist chaplaincy and spiritual caregiving, especially in professional clinical settings. Join us for an exploration into visioning some of the unique gifts that the Vajrayana Buddhist lineages can offer spiritual caregivers and chaplaincy programs as the field of Buddhist chaplaincy moves into maturity.


Lama Justin von Bujdoss is an American vajrayana Buddhist teacher, writer, and the is a co-founder of Bhumisparsha an experimental Buddhist sangha along with Lama Rod Owens and Yangti Yoga Retreat Center with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. He is the author of “Modern Tantric Buddhism: Authenticity and Embodiment in Dharma Practice” published by North Atlantic Books, and contributor to “Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections” published by Lexington Books. From 2016 until December 2021 Justin served as the Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for NYC Department of Correction where he also served as Staff Chaplain supervising over 30 chaplains and guided wellness programming for staff. Justin also has professional experience in home hospice and hospital settings as a pastoral caregiver. Lama Justin is currently the chaplain for Hart Island, New York City’s public cemetery.

Justin was ordained as a repa, a lay tantric yogin in the tradition of Milarepa, by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, one of the heart sons of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and is a ngakpa in the Yuthok Nyingthik tantric Buddhist lineage. Lama Justin has presented on Buddhist practice at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Columbia University, has been a visiting instructor at Union Theological Seminary, teaches at Pure Land Farms. Justin is passionate about helping to create the conditions for authentic embodied tantric Buddhist spiritual practice in the West.

Saturday November 17th 2024
9:00 – 10:00am PST

Spiritual Care as Koan – Formation and Embodiment with Alice Cabotaje

The Rev. Alice Cabotaje, Board Certified Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator, will delve into the intersection of spiritual formation and embodiment, exploring the intricate paths of nurturing the soul and embodying one’s practice into spiritual care.


Rev. Alice Cabotaje is the Director of Spiritual Care at Stanford Health Care. Alice is a Certified Educator from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Prior to Stanford Health Care, Alice was Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Before Mass. General, she was at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center where she served as a Chaplain and underwent supervisory education to become an ACPE Certified Educator of Clinical Pastoral Education.

She is an Ordained Minister with the Metropolitan Community Church and an authorized Zen Teacher and Dharma Heir in the Rinzai Zen School Empty Cloud lineage.  She has a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines.

Prior to her move into health care leadership and Chaplaincy, she was a Financial Journalist for 20 years and covered the economies and capital markets of Asia, North and South Americas.

Past Talks

Staff Wellbeing with David Morris

Practicing What We Preach with Grace Schireson

Healthy Compassion in Crises and Disasters with Nathan Jishin Michon

Accompanying Living, Accompanying Dying with Kirsten DeLeo

Tom Harshman

Listening to Nuance in Bereavement: Loss, Emotion, and Awareness with Tom Harshman

“How Can I Help?” with Renshin Bunce

Right Listening — The Chaplain’s Empathic Stethoscope with Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Max Swanger

Learning to Help: A Buddhist Journey into Chaplaincy with Reverend Max Hokai Swanger, M.Div., BCC

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