Frequently Asked Questions

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You can access the application forms on our web site.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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.
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.
For most months, training days are on both Fridays and Saturdays (from approximately 10:00 – 4:30).  For a detailed schedule please go to the following link and click on the “Location and Dates” tab:
At New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care: 119 W. 23rd Street, #401, New York, NY (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
The tuition for the course is $3,950 (plus a processing fee if paying by credit card). 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.
Participants commit to attending 8 training weekends and completing 100 hours of volunteer caregiving work by the time of the last class in May. In addition, participants commit to logging in their clinical hours, attending a four-day Contemplative Care Retreat in the fall, completing all reading and written assignments, and meeting with a mentor one-on-one eight times during the training.
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 Lenox Hill Hospital. 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.
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.
Yes. The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, in Redwood City, CA, has a wonderful Introductory Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. Please inquire at
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.