The Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada has launched a Buddhist chaplaincy initiative in June of 2014. We are working with Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and the Buddhist communities toward a partnership for the education of 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, the first such Buddhist professional education program in Canada that will qualify graduates to be certified with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
Working with the Buddhist Education Network of Ontario (BENO), we are also supporting efforts toward the formation of a Buddhist community care network that offers Buddhist care services to Buddhist and Buddhist-friendly individuals and families who are in a vulnerable situation in life.