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Chaplaincy

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:36 am

I'd like to take the pulse of the community with respect to Buddhist chaplaincy.

Has anyone felt a need for this, or seen it in action? Do monastics fill this role, at all? Does anyone have any views on professional credentialing for Buddhist chaplaincy? Is there a possible lay role here?

:shrug:

(related: http://www.buddhistchaplainsnetwork.org/WhatisaC.htm)

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Re: Chaplaincy

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby Mr Man » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:58 am

In the UK there is: http://angulimala.org.uk/

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:02 pm

I think it's a great idea and have even looked into it myself although I believe it would be better if there were enough bhikkhus to fill the need. Unfortunately, at present, that simply isn't the case.
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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:24 pm

it is a good thing to do.
There are some lay chaplains in the UK but I do not know how organised they are outside of Angulimala the prison chaplaincy.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi Dave,

There are a number of talks here:
http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/?search=chaplain
http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2009/08/bg ... ist-youth/

As for your questions, yes, I see it as a function of the Sangha. A Wat such as the one I attend fulfils that function for many people in the Thai community.

Ajah Chahs's students, such as Ajahn Brahm sometimes said a monk should be like a rubbish bin with no bottom. People come with their rubbish, chuck it in the bin, and he lets it go.

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby cooran » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:51 pm

Hello all,

We have Lay Buddhist Chaplaincy programs in Australia – in hospitals and prisons.
Some examples:
http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/node/51
http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/node/52
http://www.buddhistcouncil.org/node/54
and in schools.
http://www.buddhistcouncilofqueensland. ... /education

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Re: Chaplaincy

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:34 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Chaplaincy

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi Dave,

I think you make a good point. The only qualification that has any real official status in Theravada along the lines of:
"ordination or commissioning to function in a ministry of pastoral care"
is being a monk or nun. And the precepts for a monk/nun preclude work...

So lay people would have to argue that they are fulfilling this role on an individual basis, which is likely to be a lot tougher than being able to say that they are lay clergy, etc...

:anjali:
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Re: Chaplaincy

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:17 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Chaplaincy

Postby tattoogunman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:49 pm

I may have the spirit of the OP's question wrong, but I'm listening to an audio series right now by Kusala Bhikshu (Urbandharma.org) and he's actually a chaplain for a police department in California (he's also an ordained monk as well).

Again, not sure if that's where the OP wanted to go with their question......

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