Upaya Zen Center

1404 Cerro Gordo Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Website: upaya.org

Description of Organization

Upaya Zen Center is a residential Buddhist community located in Santa Fe, NM. As a Zen center, they offer daily meditation which is open to the public, a weekly public Dharma talk which often highlights Buddhist teachings, a residential Path of Service program, and weekly retreats and workshops focusing on practices related to engaged Buddhism, how to live in our world responsibly, with affection, kindness and wisdom.

Upaya Zen Center also offers a two-year Certificated Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program in the areas of Prison, End of Life Care, Peacemaking, Women’s, Youth and Environmental Ministries and a Professional Training Program in Contemplative End of Life Care.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant of $15,000 was awarded to provide scholarships for important training programs to a cohort of young, female and diverse clinician-leaders to foster a healthy and resilient perspective on facing suffering using Buddhist views and approaches from the work of Glassman Roshi, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Roshi Joan Halifax. Scholarships will also build a supportive community through regular online group meetings. We believe that young female leaders who are grounded in Buddhist practice will be an important force in the emergence of a healthier medical system. The training will take place in three programs:

1. Being with Dying program
2. GRACE program and Chaplaincy Training program
3. Inner Practice of Medicine – a new program

In 2010, The Foundation renewed the grant for an additional $10,000.

In 2009, The Lenz Foundation donated $10,000 to Upaya’s “Project on Being with Dying.” This includes the professional training program in contemplative end-of-life care; the Metta Refuge Program, supporting those who have catastrophic illness; Compassionate Friends, who serve those who are dying; and the training of local and national professional and family caregivers, including training health care professionals as educators in Upaya’s methods. The programs include service and training for clinicians and training in various medical settings.