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Certificate FAQs

Do I have to be a Zen practitioner to enroll?

While the program is grounded in Zen practice, we have Insight, Tibetan, Theravadan, Catholic, Christian, Jewish and other contemplative traditions represented in our learning community. All are welcome.


What is the time frame for completion?

The Certificate can be completed in one, two or three years, depending on personal circumstances.  Level One and Two can be taken separately or simultaneously.


How can I use this certificate?

  • You can use this Certificate for professional continuing education. CEUs are available for nurses and Social Workers for some of the units.

  • 24 specified units of this Certificate can be transferred to New York Theological Seminary as half of the Buddhist track of their 48-credit Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC). To complete the MAPCC, 24 additional credits must be taken at New York Theological Seminary.

  • In addition, all 48 units of the Certificate can be used towards the equivalency of a 72-credit MDIV, which is recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains, (APC).

  • For personal enrichment and enjoyment.


What is a ‘meditation practicum?’

A meditation practicum is a weekly meditation practice within community. Dedicated study and daily practice are the cornerstones and foundations of our learning community. We offer evening sittings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sunday mornings. Our teachers, Chodo and Koshin, are available on a weekly basis for dokusan, or face-to-face dialog, during which you can discuss your practice.