This retreat will explore how Buddhist chaplains and professional caregivers can be more fully supported in their care for self and others from within Buddhist teachings and practices.
The six paramitas of the Bodhisattva model—generosity, discipline, patience, joyful enthusiasm, wisdom, and meditation—offer chaplains a model of caregiving for ourselves and others. During this retreat we will look closely at how we naturally move towards caring for people and away from them when we feel discomfort. Reflecting together on Śāntideva’s Introduction to the Way of the Bodhisattva, we will explore the wisdom of being present, seeing clearly, and acting wisely to free ourselves from the pain and ignorance of habitual patterns in order to help others do the same.
In this retreat, we will emphasize three primary areas: (1) exploring Buddhism as a tradition of skillful caregiving; (2) applying dharma principles to diversity, intersecting aspects of the care seeker, and equity in caregiving settings; and (3) deepening mindfulness and contemplative practices to support self-care, resilience, and confidence in the Dharma.
In the spirit of creativity, we will have small group conversations and music, along with dharma talks. In preparation for our discussion, participants are encouraged to read Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom (ed. by Yetunde and Giles).
Because this retreat can only accommodate thirty-two participants, there is an application process to ensure an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community. BIPOC and LGBTQ(IA+) folks are encouraged to join us.
Noble silence will be observed from the end of the evening session to the beginning of the morning session, as well as during breaks in the daily program. There will be opportunities for sharing with others in community fellowship during lunch and dinner.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Demographic questions are required for this course because we are committed to ensuring that spaces in the program are available for a diverse student body.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.