Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA 94062


Description of Organization

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies was incorporated in January of 1998 as a Buddhist study and training center. The Sati Center offers two primary areas of study: to help participants explore original Buddhist texts and appreciate the richness of the tradition and lineage and to provide trainings in applying the teachings and practices in support of the wider world. They also offer a yearlong training in Buddhist Chaplaincy which prepares people to offer spiritual care in hospitals, prisons, and hospices. They recently expanded their Buddhist spiritual care/compassionate care programs to include compassion training and the development of further chaplaincy skills.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to produce an online version of the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. This is a graduate-level training aimed at offering a complete introduction to the skills of Chaplaincy, framed by Buddhist practice. The program combines workshops & classes with activities that students complete in their communities. There are also several self-directed learning components. This program prepares those interested in becoming professional chaplains to enroll in professional chaplaincy training. Those not interested in professional chaplaincy finish the program with a clear understanding of the skills and options for both volunteer chaplaincy and providing spiritual care in various areas of their life.

The great majority of the program’s participants are women. Of the applicants for this year’s cohort, more than 85% have been female. These are women of all ages, all Buddhist practitioners, who are looking to train in Buddhist Chaplaincy for diverse reasons. Some are looking to be of better service to their sanghas–in which many are already leaders–as well as in their work or volunteer groups or families. Others are discerning whether this program will provide a foundation for further professional development. They will go on to train to be salaried Chaplains and leaders in their communities, building on the foundational training that is offered.

In 2018, a grant in the amount of $7,500 was awarded to Sati Center for Buddhist Studies to assist in the continuation of their Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training Program. This program offers basic Buddhist training in the wisdom and skill needed to be a Buddhist Environmental Chaplain, i.e., a person who works to establish people in a healthy, compassionate, and mutually supportive relationship with the natural world.