We are happy to welcome you to this website. May the information here help you find your way and feel connected with our growing community.

BuddhistChaplains.org is dedicated to developing the field of Buddhist spiritual care. The information and connections here support people who provide Buddhist spiritual care, and their colleagues, as well as those who considering entering the field of chaplaincy.

Over the past 10+ years, a growing number of Buddhist practitioners have entered the field of Buddhist spiritual care – some as professional chaplains in a variety of settings, others as professors and lay chaplains and meditation teachers in crisis settings. Consequently, more and more people want to know who we are, what we are doing, how we got here, and where we may be headed. Hence the creation of this website.

To those of you who are Buddhist chaplains, please consider sharing your perspective, insight, experience and suggestions with us. You have travelled a road not often travelled, and no doubt have cultivated some wisdom to share with others. We welcome your contributions to our library of resources and hope you will find this website to be a valuable dimension of your personal and professional development.

To chaplains who are not Buddhists, we thank you for seeking to learn more about Buddhist spiritual care. May the information here serve as an inspiring introduction to the ways in which we seek to alleviate suffering, and to the richness in our budding community. In the spirit of multifaith and interfaith ministry, we look forward to learning from you, teaching you, and serving alongside you to meet the myriad of needs in our multicultural world.

To those of you considering training to provide Buddhist spiritual care, we welcome your beginner’s mind, enthusiasm, and curiosity. Please know that Buddhist chaplaincy is a relatively new and non-scripted field, so your quest for information and guidance will require you to be persistent and patient. Rest assured, there are those who have begun cutting a path, so to speak, into the field of Buddhist spiritual care.

To educators, academics, and researchers, we need you! Please contribute as you can and join in the communal effort here to inspire, sustain, and grow the discipline of spiritual care. If you offer an educational program related to spiritual care, particularly related to Buddhism, please let us know and we will post your information here. Be it an accredited degree, and informal training, a clinical training, or a related research project, we absolutely want to hear from you.

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-Dalai Lama

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