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How do I apply for the next training?
You can access the application forms on our web site.
When is the application deadline?
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-14 training year. The deadline for the 2014-15 training year will fall in May/June 2014 (exact date to be determined).
How do I enroll in the training?
Please return a completed application, application fee, and letter of personal reference to the Center. We will review your materials and if appropriate contact you about setting up an in-person interview with our Director of Training here in New York City. (Please note that we do not conduct interviews by telephone/Skype.) After the interview, you will be notified regarding your acceptance.
What if I am not a Buddhist?
In addition to practitioners from all streams of Buddhism, the Center welcomes applications from individuals of various faiths who have an ongoing personal contemplative practice (e.g., meditation, centering prayer, etc.) and who share our commitment of exploring the intersection of contemplative practice, caregiving, and social action.
What days and times are the trainings?
Depending on the month, trainings are held on Saturdays (from approximately 9:30 – 5:00), or on both Friday and Saturdays (from approximately 10:00 – 4:30) from September to May.
2014/15 Training Dates
We will post these dates once we have set the schedule (late 2013 / early 2014).
Where does the training take place?
At New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care: 119 W. 23rd Street, #401, New York, NY (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
How much does the training cost?
There is a tuition fee of $3,400 (+ a processing fee if paying by credit card) to defray costs of this training. A limited number of partial work exchange scholarships may be available. You may also want to explore the option of having either an organization or friends and family sponsor you.
What is the participant commitment?
Participants commit to attending 8 training weekends, completing 100 hours of volunteer caregiving work and recording/reporting the hours, attending a four-day Contemplative Care Retreat in the fall, completing reading assignments and written assignments, and meeting with a supervisor one-on -one eight times during the training.
Where do I do my volunteer caregiving?
Participants may serve as a volunteer caregiver at hospitals, hospices, and other health centers. Those in the New York City metro area are placed either at Visiting Nurse Service Hospice or Beth Israel Medical Center. Those who live outside of the New York City metropolitan area are responsible for finding a clinical site for volunteering near to where they live.
Do I need to have caregiving experience?
No. This is an introductory training program. Each of us has the capacity to embrace the suffering of another person and the ability to provide compassionate care to another.
What if I live on the West Coast? Are there other Trainings available?
Yes. The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, in Redwood City, CA, has a wonderful Introductory Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. Please inquire at www.sati.org
Will this training qualify me for a full-time job as a chaplain?
This is a graduate level training that includes several self-directed learning components. It does not certify you to become a chaplain. However, successful completion of the Foundations Program does make you eligible to apply for our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training program. Also, once you are accepted to the Foundations Program, you have the option to register through our partner institution, New York Theological Seminary, to receive eight graduate seminary credits for this program. In addition to the tuition paid to NYZCCC for the program, there is an additional charge, paid to NYTS if you want to receive credit.