Tantric Buddhist Spiritual Formation and Engaged Chaplaincy: Meaning-making in Hospice and Correctional Settings
Instructor: Lama Justin von Bujdoss
Date: Friday, April 1, 1:00 – 6:00 pm | Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This course will be held in person, at Union Theological Seminary. All registrants must be fully vaccinated and must adhere to Union’s Visitor Policy.
Much work has been done to engage the way that spiritual formation impacts ministry work through chaplaincy. In Buddhist chaplaincy, much of the conversation has been advanced through various Zen-based lineages. But what of vajrayana, or tantric Buddhism? How do the unique expressions of this rich and dynamic Buddhist tradition inform chaplaincy and care-giving?
This one credit class offers the ground through which participants can explore how tantric Buddhist spiritual formation and practice narratives provide a powerful basis and point of departure for chaplaincy work in hospice settings as well as within the context of working with a variety of populations in correctional settings. We will also explore and unpack a model for approaching the end-of-life and the transition into post-death experiences of consciousness attributed to the great Tibetan yogi, Milarepa through the lens of engaged meaning-making.
This course is one in a series of courses offered as part of Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism.
About Lama Justin von Bujdoss
Justin von Bujdoss is an American Buddhist teacher and the Staff Chaplain for New York City Department of Correction where he also serves as Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness. He was ordained as a Repa (lay tantric yogin) in the Karma Kamstang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab and given the name Repa Dorje Odzer. Justin is authorized to transmit this lineage and is committed to the development of the Repa tradition and engaged dharma practice in the West.