Buddhist Chaplaincy – Yearlong Introductory Training

As Buddhist spiritual practice finds an increasing presence within American society, there is both an opportunity and a need to train Buddhist practitioners to serve as spiritual caregivers and chaplains.  This yearlong training serves as an introduction to the foundational skills of chaplaincy/spiritual care that includes and integrates Buddhist teachings. It is designed to meet the needs of people in a variety of ways:
– Basic training in spiritual care
– Fulfilling one requirement that certain Buddhist groups have to endorse or ordain a member to become a Buddhist chaplain.
– Introductory training for those interested in becoming volunteer or professional chaplain. (The training does not meet all the requirements needed for professional certification, which requires a graduate-level theological degree, clinical pastoral education, endorsement/support from a recognized faith group, and demonstrated competency in functioning as a chaplain.)
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The 2021-2022 Buddhist Chaplaincy yearlong introductory training is in-person at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA *

9/2/21 UPDATE: Given the current status of the pandemic and its variant forms, we have decided to conduct our first workshop on September 17 in a remote format via Zoom. Regarding the October through July workshops, our hope and intention is to meet in person as originally planned.  Hopefully the risks of meeting in person will have abated and we will be able to offer a safe and healthy learning environment.

About Chaplaincy
The practice of chaplaincy (also referred to as ‘spiritual care’) is a multi-faceted and well-established professional discipline.  Chaplains care for and help individuals from different faith traditions or no tradition at all. Likewise, chaplains care for people from all walks of life, respecting their diverse cultures, identities, abilities and beliefs.

A chaplain is an individual who is ordained or endorsed by a faith group to provide spiritual care in diverse settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, corrections, long-term care, rehabilitation centers, sports teams, palliative care, military, hospices, workplaces, mental health, universities, and other specialized settings.

Chaplaincy/spiritual care includes emotional, spiritual, religious, ethical, and/or integral care. It is grounded in initiating, developing and deepening, and bringing to an appropriate close, a mutual and empathic relationship with the patient/client, family, and/or staff. The development of a genuine relationship is at the core of chaplaincy care and underpins, even enables, all the other dimensions of spiritual care to occur.

Click on the following for more information:

Click here for writings by Buddhist Chaplaincy students. Their voices give example to the nature of training in Buddhist Chaplaincy.

Each spring, an introduction to Buddhist chaplaincy event is sponsored by The Sati Center and The Institute for Buddhist Studies.  Click here for more information.

*We have been considering very carefully how to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all, given the ongoing uncertainties about the direction of the pandemic and its emerging variant forms.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we will need to consider extra precautions if we are to be able to meet in person for the duration of the 2021-22 session, and that there might be times, following community guidelines in the face of growing numbers of COVID-19 infections, when we might even need to meet remotely.
Faced with these uncertainties, and in the light of our commitment to the health and safety of everybody at Sati, we now require that all participants in our 2021-22 cohort receive a full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus (meaning either a double shot or a single J&J dose) at least two weeks before our first workshop on the 17th September.
We understand that the choice to take a vaccine is a personal one and that the implications of this decision can run very deep. We are also aware that there are many for whom a vaccine is not an option due to pre-existing medical conditions or religious beliefs. However, given the size and capabilities of our premises at IMC, we are afraid we cannot stretch to the extra measures that would be involved in order to accommodate participants without a vaccine.

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