Professional Chaplaincy Training (CPE)
We are the first and only Buddhist-based organization, fully accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, to offer professional chaplaincy training—Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Our New York City ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program is open to those who have completed our Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Our CPE Training Program is a professional level training and is designed for both those interested in becoming professional chaplains, and those interested in deepening their spiritual practice.
Our Clinical Pastoral Education Program is a multi-faith professional education, from a contemplative perspective in providing contemplative care as a chaplain or lay person. Our training brings students into supervised encounters with hospital patients at pivotal moments in their lives. Coming from a reflective, intimate involvement with people in both crisis and celebration, and with feedback from peers and teachers, students can develop a new awareness of themselves and of the needs of those they care for. In the Center’s CPE program, we emphasize the training of being with others, as differentiated from doing or helping another. From deep contemplative practice and reflection, students begin to acquire a new understanding of care giving. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping professions, students develop skills in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and interprofessional relationships.
The Contemplative Advisory Committee oversees our Chaplaincy Training. The Committee consists of interdisciplinary professionals who meet at regular intervals to consult and advise us on the development of our Chaplaincy Training Program. The Committee helps insure that the CPE Training Program is well integrated within our organization and provides feedback for quality assurance.
Program Components per Unit
- • The 300 hours of clinical practice of chaplaincy to patients and staff
- • 100 hours of education in 10 monthly, daylong trainings held on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, and two four-day retreats
- • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
- • Clinical supervision
- • Monthly peer meetings
- Monthly readings and written papers
Areas of Focus:
- • Contemplative care of those facing the crisis of illness and loss
- • Spiritual assessment
- • Spiritual diagnosis
- • Transference and Countertransference
- • Archetypal Approaches to Contemplative Care
- Spiritual Bypassing
- Care of dying persons and their loved ones
- Medical and spiritual ethics
- Buddhology of suffering
- Buddhology of contemplative care
- Contemplative care in multicultural and multi-faith settings
- Elective Study
To complement the training program, the New York Zen Center offers public talks, retreats, workshops, and other training programs. To view Upcoming Events, click here.
Location & Dates:
Dates for 2020-2021 CPE Classes
New York City Training:
Location: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, 119 West 23rd St, Suite 401
New York City, NY 10011
Thur, Sept 10 (10:00am-5:00pm)
Thur, Sept 17
Thur, Sept 24
Thur, Oct 8
Thur, Oct 15
Thur, Oct 22
Thur, Nov 5
Thur, Dec 10
Thur, Dec 17
Thur, Jan 7
Thur, Jan 14 (at Garrison)
Thur, Jan 21
Thur, Jan 28
Thur, Feb 11
Thur, Feb 18
Thur, Mar 11
Thur, Mar 18
Thur, Apr 1
Thur, Apr 22
Thur, May 6
Friday, May 7 at 4:30pm – Completion Ceremony
Thur, Sept 10
Fri, Sept 11
Fri, Sept 18
Fri, Oct 9
Fri, Oct 16
Fri, Oct 23
Fri, Nov 6
Thur, Dec 3
Fri, Dec 11
Fri, Dec 18
Thur, Jan 14 (at Garrison)
Fri, Jan 22
Fri, Jan 29
Thur, Feb 4
Fri, Feb 12
Fri, Feb 19
Fri, Mar 19
Fri, Apr 23
Thur, Apr 29
Fri, May 7 (and Completion Ceremony at 4:30pm)
Guidelines for Enrollment
Our New York City Contemplative CPE Training Program is designed for people who have taken our Foundations Training and are enrolled in our Certificate in Contemplative Care. If there is space in our upcoming training, those with previous CPE experience and significant Contemplative Practice experience may be considered.
- • 3 Letters of recommendation: from a Buddhist teacher or someone who knows your spiritual practice, from an academic reference, and one from a personal reference
- • Membership in a spiritual community and relationship with a spiritual teacher who can formally endorse your work as a chaplain.
- • An in-person interview
- • Availability to do all your clinical hours in one of our clinical partner institutions
- • Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application
- • The cost for the ten-month program is $5500 (two extended units x $2750 per unit) + additional retreat fee
- • A limited number of partial work-exchange scholarships may be available
- • Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed as they are sent in. Admissions are rolling and on-going.
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033
Requirements for Board Certification as a Chaplain
1. Four Units of ACPE CPE (1,600 hours of clinical training). The Zen Center offers CPE Level 1 & 2 and Educator Training.
2. MDiv or the Equivalency of 72 hours of graduate level theological study. The Zen Center offers this through our joint program with New York Theological Seminary’s Master in Pastoral Care & Counseling Buddhist Track and our Level 1 & 2 Certificates in Contemplative Care.
3. Endorsement by one’s faith group. The New York Zen Center is a recognized endorser of chaplains and educators by the ACPE and APC. The Zen Center offers this to qualified Formal Zen Students. Requirements for endorsement through the Zen Center is below.
4. 2,000 hours of clinical work as a chaplain after completing the fourth unit of CPE.
Requirements at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care for consideration for Endorsement of Chaplains:
•Master’s Degree in a related field to include education, social work, divinity, etc.
•Completion of Certificate in Contemplative Care.
•Formal Zen Student of one of the Guiding Teachers and having received Jukai
•Practicing weekly in sangha meditation practice on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings or Sunday morning and weekly dokusan.
•Participation annually in at least two Zen Center residential retreats.
•Completion of a minimum of Four Units of Clinical Pastoral Education.
•Daily meditation practice.
•A Sustaining Member of the Zen Center.
•Weekly psychotherapy for at least three years.