Zen Caregiving Project New Volunteer Training Update
“Working with the dying, you are
constantly reminded of what matters: love, kindness, generosity, and our
interconnectedness.” ~ Roshi Joan Halifax
Zen Caregiving Project will soon be taking applications for our
Spring 2020 New Volunteer Training, to be held in April. The core training — an
intensive 40 hours over ten days — is not oriented towards acquiring skills, so
much as asking participants to examine and reflect on their own histories of
loss and grief. By exploring our relationship to these issues, we become
familiar with our own stories of suffering, enabling us to become more
comfortable with the suffering of others. In other words, by becoming intimate
with our own losses, our fears, and insecurities, we are more fully able to connect
to the loss of others. We learn to connect through our shared vulnerability. This
reflects the fundamental Buddhist teaching of interdependence and the Zen
Caregiving philosophy of mutuality of service.
Please note that our open enrollment period runs until February
28th, and notification of the status of your application will not be
sent out until mid-March. Applicants are required to attend all training
sessions, including the Ongoing Sessions. We also ask participants to
commit to a full year of service, volunteering one five hour shift per week on
a regular schedule.
The application form for the New Volunteer Training will be live
and accessible here on Monday, December 16th.
Zen Care Giving Project Spring 2020 New Volunteer Training Dates