The Union of Ati Yoga and Chaplaincy
Dates/Times: October 20 (1-6pm) and October 21 (9am-5pm)
Location: In Person – Union Theological Seminary
Instructor: Lama Justin von Bujdoss (he/him)
Registration Deadline: October 6, 2023
This one credit class introduces participants to the importance of the development of a ministry that is rooted in open non-judgemental presence as well as a distilled practical introduction to Ati Yoga meditation practice as a supportive technique for chaplains, spiritual caregivers, or anyone who is interested in releasing themselves from the hardness of our biases, assumptions and projections. The Vajrayana Buddhist practice of Ati Yoga or Dzogchen offers simple, direct instructions for resting into ‘pure being’ a state that allows for the natural and authentic way of simply letting everything that we experience arise as it does without the need to judge, ascertain or react.
This program is offered from the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism.
Lama Justin von Bujdoss
Lama Justin von Bujdoss is an American vajrayana Buddhist teacher, writer, and the is a co-founder of Bhumisparsha an experimental Buddhist sangha along with Lama Rod Owens. He is the author of Modern Tantric Buddhism: Authenticity and Embodiment in Dharma Practice published by North Atlantic Books, and contributor to Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections published by Lexington Books. Justin serves as the Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for NYC Department of Correction where he also serves as Staff Chaplain supervising over 30 chaplains and guides wellness programming for staff. Justin has professional experience in home hospice and hospital settings as a pastoral caregiver. Justin has also worked as a full-time home hospice chaplain and is trained both in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) as well as Buddhist end-of-life practices and spiritual care. Justin has taught on Buddhist end-of-life care and teaches dharma in a variety of settings from monasteries, retreat centers and dharma centers, to hospital didactics, CPE groups and at conferences and museums. Justin was ordained as a repa, a lay tantric yogin in the tradition of Milarepa, by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Lama Justin has presented on Buddhist practice at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Columbia University, has been a visiting instructor at Union Theological Seminary and has led retreats at a variety of dharma centers. Justin is passionate about helping to create the conditions for authentic embodied tantric Buddhist spiritual practice in the West.