April 5, 2014: Buddhist Chaplaincy: An Overview with Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst, Ph.D. and Rev. Jennifer Block, M.A.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
10 am to 5 pm

Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA

By Donation.
All are welcome.
No pre-registration necessary.

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 Training and the Institute for Buddhist Studies Chaplaincy Degree Program will also be provided.

Co-sponsored by:
The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies  &  The Institute of Buddhist Studies

9:30       Registration; Greeting; Sitting
10:00     Welcome: intros, purpose/overview of the day
10:15      What is a chaplain?; What is spiritual care?
12:00     A day in the life of a chaplain
1:00       Lunch Break
2:00      What is a Buddhist chaplain?
2:45       The path to becoming an employed chaplain:
4:00      Breakout sessions: IBS program w/Jaku and Sati training w/Jennifer
5:00      End; dedication of merit

Reverend Daijaku Judith Kinst, Ph.D., is the coordinator and primary professor for the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, a graduate school affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Ryukoku University, Kyoto. After ordination and formal Soto Zen priest training, Daijaku completed an MA in Western psychology, licensure as an MFT, and a PhD in Psychology and Buddhism. She is a dharma successor in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki roshi and, with Rev. Shinshu Roberts is the Guiding Teacher of the Ocean Gate Zen Zendo in Capitola, California. She has taught and led retreats with teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions, and maintains a pastoral counseling and spiritual direction practice in San Francisco.

Reverend Jennifer Block, M.A., 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. With Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller, Jennifer teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies where Buddhist practitioners are introduced to the competencies of professional spiritual care. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, and her theology degree at Naropa University.

For information about chaplaincy in general, visit:

March 22, 2014, Paths of Practice in the Buddha’s Teachings with Diana Clark

Saturday, March 22
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

The concept of a path of practice is one of the central features of the Buddha’s teaching.  In addition to the well-known Eightfold Path, the Buddha described a number of other models of the Buddhist path to the end of suffering. These different models are useful descriptions that describe the path of practice through different perspectives.  Join us as we explore and discuss three important paths of practice depicted in three different suttas from the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya, MN).  We will study the “Gradual Training” from the Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint (MN 27), the “Discovery of Truth” from the Cankī sutta (MN 95) and the “Practice that Makes One an [Arahant]” from the Greater Discourse at Assapura (MN 39).  In addition to studying the paths themselves, we will explore the context in which the Buddha taught them, and the contexts in which they may be useful for modern practitioners. The day will include lecture and small group discussion.

Please bring a bag lunch. This class is offered on a donation basis.

Diana Clark is finishing up a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley.  She practices and occasionally teaches at IMC.