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Expanding the Contexts of Care: A Buddhist Chaplains Retreat

Residential Program
Dates: Sep 08, 2023 - Sep 12, 2023
Days: Friday - Tuesday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Pamela Ayo Yetunde

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Course Description:

How might we expand our contexts of care in ways that meet the needs of others and support our own lives as chaplains? We will explore responses to this question together in this retreat for Buddhist chaplains and others who do some form of chaplaincy work. Drawing on multiple sources–especially Buddhist traditions and Internal Family Systems (IFS)–we will inquire into self, no self, ego and no ego, selfing and narcissism to reimagine what it is to be a human being We will reimagine who we are as persons so that we can serve others in ways that are more supportive of who they are while also caring for ourselves.  

In this retreat, we will engage two texts–Richard Schwartz’s No Bad Parts and Pamela Ayo Yetunde’s Casting Indra’s Net–as we cultivate ways of expanding our understanding of who we are and the contexts in which we serve others.

In order to create a diverse student body, at least 1/3 of the spaces will be held for BIPOC participants until two months before the course opening. At that time, held spaces will be opened to any participants on the waiting list. You are encouraged to join the waiting list even if the course appears to be full.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.


The prerequisite for this course is the completion of the required reading.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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 contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D. is a Community Dharma Leader, pastoral counselor, pastoral counseling instructor, and advocate.  She is the co-founder of Buddhist Justice Reporter  and Center of the Heart.  Ayo is the author of Casting Indra's Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care.  Ayo is an associate editor with Lion's Roar.