Buddhist Chaplaincy: Practicing What We Preach with Grace Schireson
April 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
There is sometimes a gap between traditional Buddhist training and truly understanding how to help people. Additionally, after many years of Zen training, students may lack the skills and credentials required for a meaningful and sustainable livelihood. The Shogaku Zen Institute was set up to fill that gap for Zen students and priests in the United States.
In order to become a Board Certified Chaplain through APC, a Master of Divinity graduate degree (or equivalent) is required. Shogaku Zen Institute facilitates Zen Buddhists in documenting their years of practice and study and fulfilling additional graduate course requirements to obtain an MDiv. This talk will build on “SPOT: A Training Program for Buddhists in America” in the book The Arts of Contemplative Care.
Grace Schireson is a Zen Abbess, president of Shogaku Zen Institute, and a Clinical Psychologist. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She founded two practice centers and a retreat center under the Central Valley Zen Foundation. She is the author of two books: Naked in the Zendo, and Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters. Grace also edited Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima with Peter Schireson. She has published articles in Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and Tricycle magazines and has also been anthologized in many Zen books, including The Book of Mu, Receiving the Marrow, and The Hidden Lamp, as well as in a book on spiritual training: The Arts of Contemplative Care.