In a first-of-its-kind report published this month, Monica Sanford, Assistant Dean for Multireligious Ministry, Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a team of authors identified 425 chaplains in the United States, Canada and Mexico representing all major branches of Buddhism, though the researchers say there are likely many more.
How a once "bad meditator" became a Buddhist chaplain now offering spiritual care to those in distress and to minority religion students at Harvard Divinity School
For Rev. Dr. Monica Sanford, contemplative practice has never looked like meditating on a cushion. Discovering what it does look like for her personally and vocationally has been a lifelong journey. Recently appointed as Harvard Divinity School’s Assistant Dean for Multireligious Ministry,...
"So many Buddhist chaplains out in the field feel very alone and disconnected—that’s been reported again and again. We have a good opportunity right now to begin building networks between Buddhists who are doing this work,” says Monica Sanford, assistant dean for multireligious ministry.
“The point of a translation isn’t to understand primarily another world that you won’t have access to otherwise. Instead, it’s to give you resources for understanding yourself,” said Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures.
Scholar, professor, academic leader, author, animal rights advocate—Janet Gyatso contains multitudes
As Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs here at HDS, Janet Gyatso has helped lead the School through the many challenges of 2020 and 2021 by grounding herself in the practice of compassion. As a professor of Buddhist studies, she has shifted the focus of her classes to explore current issues from new Buddhist perspectives. As a scholar with a fierce appreciation for the welfare of all sentient beings, Gyatso has started working on her next book: an exploration on the connections between animal welfare and empathy.... Read more about Compassion in Crisis: Professor Janet Gyatso on Empathy, Ethics, and New Epistemologies
The following essay was written by Jane Tuohy, senior partner at Cambridge Hill Partners, Inc. Jane audited the HDS course, "Compassionate Care of the Dying: Buddhist Training and Techniques," co-taught by Cheryl Giles and Chris Berlin, in spring 2020....