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Many of you were inspired by Clear Vision’s NewsByte video about Amitasurī’s work as a Buddhist healthcare chaplain in a hospital in Manchester, UK, earlier this year.
If you’re in Britain, here’s an opportunity to find out more about this work and see whether it is something you’d like to take further. The Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group are offering a ‘Starting out in Healthcare Chaplaincy’ course in Manchester, UK, February-April 2016.
Open to those of any faith or belief group, it includes two taught days at Manchester Royal Infirmary, a further day with Buddhists only, a placement in a healthcare setting and an assignment. The course is publicly funded and there are 20 places.
Amitaśūrī highly recommends the course. “For me, healthcare chaplaincy is a direct expression of my ordination vow, the Brahma Viharas and the Bodhisattva Ideal. Sangharakshita once told me he sees healthcare chaplaincy as ‘real’ Right Livelihood.
I absolutely love my work as a chaplain, feel so grateful to have found a vocation where, as a Buddhist, some of my highest values flow through me freely, easily and with so much love and compassion, in ways which directly, and obviously benefit beings who are suffering. If there are several Triratna participants, I will host a session just for us.”
To take part you need to be “in good standing with your faith community”; ie have a regular and committed Dharma practice and be recommended by your local Order sangha.
See attachments below for dates and course content.
To apply, please keith [at] eskola.co.uk (email Keith Munnings) or phone 07931 532006.