The Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada has launched a Buddhist chaplaincy initiative in June of 2014. We are working with Emmanuel College and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and the Toronto Buddhist communities to create educational opportunities for Buddhist spiritual care professionals and volunteers.
We hosted a series of Buddhist chaplaincy roundtables to learn from and connect with the diverse Buddhist communities in Toronto. This initiative has already led to the endowment of the first Professorship in Chinese Buddhist Studies in Canada and the creation of a Buddhist chaplaincy program at Emmanuel College in 2015, a Master of Pastoral Studies Program in Buddhism (MPS Buddhism), the first such Buddhist professional education program in Canada that will qualify graduates to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Students can also pursue registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario by enrolling in the Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy within the MPS Buddhism program.
We have also sponsored the 2019 Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada Fellowship in Buddhism and Psychiatry hosted by the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. This Fellow is expected to apply and promote the application of the Buddhist teachings in psychiatry in clinical research and practice during the year of fellowship.
Working with the Toronto Centre for Applied Buddhism, we are also supporting efforts to create an applied Buddhism education network connecting with education institutions and centres in Canada and internationally, and also to form a local Toronto Buddhist care community that offers Buddhist care and counselling services to Buddhists and Buddhist-friendly individuals and families who are in a vulnerable situation in life.