Welcome
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PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Course Components
Reading Assignments
Writing Assignments
Service Work
Mentor Interviews
Optional Activities
COURSE INFO
Contacts, Communications and Slack
Group Agreements
Payment, Withdrawal and Completion
MONTH BY MONTH
Before Our First Workshop
September
Karuna – Compassion
Seminar 09/08
Workshop 09/29
October
Dana – Generosity
Seminar 10/13
Workshop 10/20
November
Sila – Virtue
Seminar 11/10
Workshop 11/17
December
Nekkhama – Renunciation
Seminar 12/04
Workshop 12/08
January
Panna – Wisdom
Seminar 01/12
Workshop 01/19
February
Virya – Energy
Seminar 02/02
Workshop 02/09
March
Khanta – Patience
Seminar 03/08
Workshop 03/15
April
Sacca – Truth
Seminar 04/09
Workshop 04/12
May
Aditthana – Resolve
Seminar 05/03
Workshop 05/10
June
Metta – Lovingkindness
Seminar 05/31
Workshop 06/07
July
Upekkha – Equanimity
Seminar 06/28
Workshop 07/12
RESOURCES
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How the Program Works:
Course Components

Over the course of the Chaplaincy Training Program, you will participate in both group learning and private study.

Friday Workshops

Each workshop includes: meditation, a dharma talk, lectures and group discussion, lunch break, experiential learning exercises, and a brief ritual for use in chaplaincy. Each month’s workshop will have a theme from one of the Paramis (a.k.a. Paramitas). At the beginning of each workshop, a short dharma talk will be given on the parami of the month.

Seminars

The 90-minute seminars will take place separately from the workshops and will revolve around the reading and writing assignments.

Mentor Interviews

Every other month you will have an interview with one of the faculty. Over the course of the program you will have the chance to interview with each of them. These are times to check in about the program, report about your experiences and challenges in offering spiritual care, and to explore your Dharma practice in relation to the work you are doing. A schedule will be provided after the first class. It is your responsibility to contact the teacher to schedule your interview at a mutually convenient time. Mentor Interviews can take place by Zoom or in person if feasible. For more information about Mentor Interviews, click here.

Small Groups

Students meet as 3-4 peers on a monthly basis. Each group decides when and how to meet, based on their schedules. The purpose is to integrate one’s learning through peer discussion and exploration of the curriculum, personal discoveries, and dharma practice experiences. Learning about group dynamics and how one participates in groups is very important for chaplains since chaplains often find themselves needing to work with a wide variety of groups. Small Groups take place in person if convenient, or by Zoom.

Buddies

At the start of the program, you will be assigned a “buddy” with whom to check in with every month about how things are going with the program. You might discuss your experiences in doing volunteer chaplaincy work, the class material, the readings, the Dharma reflections, or your field trips.

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