For 2,500 years Buddhists have contemplated sickness, old age and death to understand suffering and find an end to it. Buddhist practitioners therefore value sickness, old age, death and other transitions as opportunities for spiritual insight and growth. Buddhist chaplains are trained to accompany people through such difficult times, working in hospitals, hospices, schools prisons and other facilities.

By supporting a person suffering in a difficult situation with skilful inquiry, guided meditation and/or prayers, the total pain (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) a person experiences is skillfully and compassionately addressed. With the help of a spiritual friend the person is better able to find the inner resources to deal with what is happening to him or her, moment by moment.

As an Apprentice Buddhist Chaplain, I am able to facilitate emotional comfort and spiritual care in medical situations, including terminal illness and end of life. I am trained to work in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes or privately where I will endeavour to address an individual’s own spiritual needs while fostering a peaceful environment and maintaining strict confidentiality.