Introduction to Buddhist Chaplaincy with Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst, Ph.D. and Rev. Jennifer Block, M.A.

May 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By Donation*

Location: Institute of Buddhist Studies at 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley

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. 

Taught by:

Reverend Daijaku Judith Kinst, Ph.D., is a Soto Zen Priest and teacher and is the coordinator and primary professor for the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley.

Reverend Jennifer Block, M.A., is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Vipassana and Yoga since 1988. She co-teaches the yearlong Buddhist Chaplaincy Program offered by the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. 

*Pre-registration is not necessary for Sati Center daylong classes. These classes are offered freely, but your donations and support for these classes is appreciated.