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Introduction to Buddhist Chaplaincy with Jennifer Block and Vanessa Able

Saturday, April 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm US Pacific Time

Online via Zoom

Dāna Program
This dana program is freely offered in the spirit of generosity. Any donation you can offer to the teacher and to the Sati Center to continue making these teachings available is greatly appreciated.

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.

Information about the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Trainings (in-person and online) will also be provided. All are welcome.

About the Instructors:
Jennifer Block and Vanessa Able both teach the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. Jennifer teaches the in-person program with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller, while Vanessa teaches the online program with Dawn Neal and Trent Thornley. This is a one-year part-time program that introduces Buddhist practitioners to the competencies of professional spiritual care.Jennifer is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Vipassana and Yoga since 1988. Her life’s work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. Vanessa is a priest and retreat leader in the Soto Zen tradition and an alumna of the 2019-20 Sati Center Introduction to Chaplaincy Program. Her service experience has included jail and hospice work, and clinical training in Spiritual Care at Stanford Healthcare.

Session 1: What is Chaplaincy?
09:00 Welcome and Introductions 
09:15 What is a Chaplain? What is Spiritual/Pastoral Care?
09:30 A History of Chaplaincy in the United States
09:45 A Day in the Life of a Chaplain & Training Steps to Becoming a Chaplain
10:15 Questions/Discussion
10:30 Break

Session 2: What is Buddhist Chaplaincy?

10:45 What is Buddhist Chaplaincy?
11:00 An Overview of the Sati Center’s Introduction to Buddhist Chaplaincy
11:30 Guest Speaker – Ram Appalaraju: A Perspective from an Alumni
11:45 More Questions/Discussion
12:00 Session closes


Saturday, April 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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