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Buddhadharma : Spri 2013
74 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SPRING 2 0 1 3 Vocational Buddhists, in part through their experience of service and care, are helping sanghas skillfully shine a light on racism, homophobia, and the unreg- ulated privileges of male power, as well as other destructive, often unconscious forces. The contributors to The Arts of Con- templative Care also offer a sober and balanced view of the advantages and shortcomings of current seminary and chaplaincy trainings. Those seeking to become a board-certified chaplain must be prepared for years of academic study, training, and practice. Moreover, can- didates must be willing to adapt their Buddhist training to traditionally Judeo- Christian contexts. And after all that, opportunities for employment are still few and generally low paid. They point to the value and place of non-degree certificate programs, such as the Shogaku Zen Institute’s SPOT train- ing, Upaya Zen Center’s Being with Dying Program, and the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program, each offering both personal development and professional training. But in an evolving field, questions remain about how much training is needed, and what kind. There are issues of religious authority and of how to maintain the integrity of spiritual traditions and rituals in the context of service work. There are as yet no perfect models. It is a commonly held view that the more training and education we have, the more tools and skills we have to help others. But as Lew Richmond and Grace Schireson, cofounders of Shogaku Zen Institute, remind us, “The Buddha encouraged practitioners not to cling to his words, but to translate his teachings into their own native language, to illumi- nate their own lives. We need to remem- ber this as our primary practice and not get caught in just following a formula or a recipe.” So we must also include the essential teachings of upaya (skill- ful means); we must discern the needs of the person or situation before us and REVIEWS 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide.