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This is a notification about an upcoming Buddhist Chaplaincy Course facilitated by the New Zealand Buddhist Council and Amitabha Hospice. As this event is not hosted by Dorje Chang Institute, if you wish to enquire further regarding this event, please use the contact details provided in the information below.

The New Zealand Buddhist Council and Amitabha Hospice will be offering a weekend course to train Buddhist students / practitioners of any lineage and tradition to become NZ Buddhist Chaplains.

This is a Level 1 Course to serve as Apprentice Buddhist Chaplains within the NZ health care system. The NZ Buddhist Council would like to see Buddhist Chaplains available in every hospital in NZ. 

The course will held on Friday 23, Sat 24 & Sun 25 June from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Amitabha Hospice in Auckland.

The cost of the course will be determined by the number of participants in order to cover the costs.

The facilitators for the course will be:

  • Ecie Hursthouse – Managing Director of Amitabha Hospice, Executive member of the NZ Buddhist Council, Co-founder of Peaceful Passing, NZ Buddhist Chaplain
  • Ven Khadro – Spiritual Program Coordinator for Root Institute, Bodhgaya India, Co-founder of Peaceful Passing, NZ Buddhist Chaplain 

Lecturers from different Buddhist and cultural Traditions will explain their values and practices.

Some of the material that will be covered during this course will be:

  • A brief history of Buddhist Chaplaincy in the world
  • Overview of different Buddhist traditions
  • The culture of care and dying from a medical view – how physical health problems affect people and their spiritual needs
  • Building pastoral identity, as participants reflect on their own spiritual journey, while accompanying others on theirs
  • Developing one’s ability to assess patient’s specific concerns arising from different cultural, spiritual, socioeconomic and psychological backgrounds
  • Compassionate communication


Please apply to by Sunday 7 May with complete details of the following: 

  • Your motivation for becoming a Buddhist Chaplain
  • Your volunteer experience or other relevant work experience.
  • Education and training relevant to counselling, listening skills and Buddhism (including tradition or lineage and years of practice)
  • Where and how will you plan to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired
  • Please provide two Buddhist references with contact details

Once we have received your application, all applicants will be police checked and we will contact you to arrange an interview, either in person or by skype (if out of Auckland). 

More information is available on  and you may write to me.

Kind regards,
Ecie Hursthouse

Managing Director
Amitabha Hospice
Executive Member
NZ Buddhist Council


Amitabha Hospice
44 Powell St
Avondale 1026

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