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NYZC 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 the opportunity to weave the full spectrum of contemplative care into the daily fabric of your professional and your personal life.

LEVEL ONE Course Details

LEVEL two Course Details


The Certificate can be completed in three years.

Students are required to attend a minimum of 2 Retreats to complete the Certificate.

* 18 units of this Certificate can be directly transferred to New York Theological Seminary as half of their  36-credit Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC). To see details about the Masters track, click here.

All 54 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.

Continuing Education credits for Social Workers are available for some of the courses in the Certificate Program. NYZC is an approved provider of SW CEs through the NYSED State Board for Social Work. If you are licensed outside of New York State, please check with your local SW Board to make sure they’ll accept these CEs.

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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