The Buddhist Chaplaincy

Buddhist Chaplaincy in the UK is growing and more public institutions (hospitals, hospices, universities, colleges, Armed Forces etc) are seeking the involvement of those from across the Buddhist Community who wish to serve and support those struggling with life, health, work or relationships.

The Buddhist Chaplaincy (BSC) have for a number of years been running "training courses" (in London, and now in Birmingham) for exploring the Buddha’s teaching of Kalyana Mitra – the spiritual good friend - as a means of describing and developing the practice, for those of all traditions, of being of service for the benefit of others. We are working with all the Buddhist communities in the UK to develop Buddhist chaplaincy to meet their needs.

The numbers attending 'Kalyana Mitra' courses is growing as more practicing Buddhists are taking up the offer to explore what chaplaincy is and consider what personal qualities it may require. Those attending come from wide and diverse backgrounds in Buddhism and do find the work of chaplaincy rewarding in helping develop their Buddhist practice. Those who are supported by Buddhists Chaplains respond warmly to the compassion and wisdom we can offer.

The BSC is at a key point in its development with some real opportunities ahead:

  • offering courses in more parts of the country,
  • developing the programme into a three year course,
  • offering these opportunities to all Buddhist communities in the UK.

To enable this vision to come about, the work needs funding. We ask that, if you see this as a worthwhile project, you consider making a donation or taking out a standing order. Any payments you make can also be ‘Gift Aided’ if you are a UK tax payer, enabling us to increase your donation by 25%.

Please contact library@thebuddhistsociety.org or telephone 020 7834 5858 if you have any questions about donations. Any offer of support, however large or small, is greatly appreciated.