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New York Zen Center offers an innovative and transformative learning experience integrating study, care, meditation and community. This program integrates intellectual exploration, contemplative practice and learning in community. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, artist or educator, this Certificate will provide you with opportunity to weave the full spectrum of contemplative care into the daily fabric of your professional and your personal life.

LEVEL ONE

FOUNDATIONS IN CONTEMPLATIVE CARE*
SEPTEMBER 2017 THRU MAY 2018
ONCE A MONTH ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS
10AM TO 4.30PM
$3950
This nine-month course offers a comprehensive introduction to contemplative care from a Buddhist perspective and is ideal for health care professionals who wish to integrate contemplative practice as well as those interested in becoming caregivers. This course requires 100 hours of clinical volunteer work.

CATCH YOUR MIND*
SEPTEMBER THRU MAY
ONE SATURDAY A MONTH
9AM TO 5PM
$2800
Each year we explore a different theme through expansive reading, personal reflection, writing and discussion. This year we are studying the Eight Awarenessess’ of Enlightened Beings. Next year’s course of study will highlight The Ox Header’s Spiritual Journey.

PLATFORM SUTRA*
WEDNESDAYS 4:15 TO 7:15PM
$1400
The Platform Sutra is considered the formative historical scripture of Zen Buddhism and remains today as the cornerstone of Zen in both the East and West. This course provides students with a comprehensive foundation from which to consider Buddhist theory, differing moral codes, and contemplative techniques.

VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA*
WEDNESDAYS 4:15 TO 7:15PM
$1400
Through a close reading of The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti, this course will explore the meaning of the bodhisattva’s compassionate vow to liberate all suffering sentient beings. We will investigate the following questions: What is the nature of sickness? What is its origin? How is it cured? What is the role of the bodhisattva? How can a bodhisattva truly effectuate his/her compassionate activity in the world? What is bodhisattva burnout? And what is the remedy?

LEVEL TWO


FIVE REQUIRED COURSES:

PRECEPT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 2016 THRU MAY 2017
ONE SUNDAY A MONTH
10AM TO 4PM
$1400
This course of study examines the dynamic ethical guidelines associated with Zen practice.
Through reading, personal reflection, writing exercises and study in community, you will deepen your understanding of compassionate care, for yourself and for others. 

LOTUS SUTRA
WEDNESDAYS 4:15 TO 7:15PM
$1400
The Lotus Sutra is an influential and beloved collection of parables, teachings, and encouragements. The drama and wisdom of this text cause the reader both astonishment and enjoyment. We will explore through lecture, discussion, writing, personal reflection and contemplation, how this sutra speaks to contemporary audiences exploring issues of gender, access to spiritual insight and the development of skillful means. While the emphasis will be on the text itself, you will be encouraged to deepen your understanding with supplemental reading.

ZEN HISTORY AND PRACTICE
WEDNESDAYS 4:15 TO 7:15PM
$1400
What is Zen? It is said it is the school of Buddhism that is beyond words and letters. Yet, the Zen school has more texts, poetry and art than any other! This course presents an overview of the Zen Buddhist School with a particular emphasis on the formation of the scriptural and classic literature and the background of the culture and history of ancient China and Japan.

CAPSTONE FINAL PROJECT
A thesis in which students reflect on their own beliefs developed out of work done in the Field/Student Placement for Supervised Service, and demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in the field of Zen Buddhist Contemplative Studies.  It incorporates texts, spirituality, ethics and history along with a case study that covers the studied dynamics of pastoral care, combined with areas of personal, spiritual and psychological development.

PLUS TWO ELECTIVES FROM THE FOLLOWING:

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPLATIVE COUNSELING
CONTEMPLATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
PALLIATIVE END OF LIFE CARE

The Certificate can be completed in one, two, or three years depending on personal circumstances.
Level One and Level Two can be taken simultaneously.
Students are required to attend a minimum of 2 Retreats to complete the Certificate.

Transfer of Units to Credits for the MAPCC at New York Theological Seminary

*24 units of this Certificate can be directly transferred to New York Theological Seminary as half of their 48-credit Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC). To see details about the Masters track, click here.

All 48 units of the Certificate can be used towards the equivalency of the 72-credit MDIV, which is required for Board Certification as a Buddhist chaplain. Click here to learn more about the path to Board Certification as a chaplain.

Member Discounts

108 Members receive a 10% discount on all courses and retreats.
216 Members receive a 15% discount on all courses and a 10% retreats.

Continuing Education for Social Workers and Nurses

Continuing Education credits for Social Workers and Nurses are available for some of the courses in the Certificate Program.

Program Expectations

Students are expected to attend all retreats and classes, complete all course work, and cultivate their daily meditation practice throughout each year. Disciplined study and daily practice are the cornerstones and foundations of our learning community.

For more information, please read our Certificate FAQs.

 

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