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).