Buddhist Chaplains in Canada

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The Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, NM, offers a Buddhist Chaplaincy program, and several Canadians have graduated from their program. Here is information about two of them, along with their theses:

Andrew Blake (2010)

photo by Lynette Monteiro

Andrew is cofounder and program director at Gitche M’Qua Centre for Healing, located in Toronto, Canada. In addition to his work as a psychotherapist, he has been ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain by Joan Halifax Roshi with Soto Zen lineage.

Andrew has studied Buddhism for 30 years now and has taught for more than half that time. Andrew volunteers his time working with individuals and families facing death, and teaches in the community in End-of-Life, meditation, and, lately, Mindful Listening. He can be reached at: info@gitchemqua.org

Final Project: “Mindful Listening at End-of-Life”



Lynette Monteiro (2012)

Lynette Monteiro, PhD, C.Psych., is the life partner of Frank Musten and mother of Alexandra Monteiro Musten.

She lives in Ottawa Canada, has worked as a psychologist in private practice since 1996, and co-founded the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC) with Frank in 2003.  She has trained with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts in the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and with Dr. Zindel Segal in the delivery of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Lynette’s Buddhist practice informs the programs at the OMC which are adapted to include a practice of secular ethics.  She is part of the Ottawa Hospital’s Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team and, with Frank, facilitates Sangha Arana, an Upaya sitting group.

Lynette is also the author of the Zen Buddhist blog 108 Zen Books and the OMC’s web-based blog.

Lynette’s thesis: Burnout and Spiritual Incongruence: An evidence-based counselling model for Buddhist chaplains


For more information about the Upaya Institute and Zen Centre, visit: http://www.upaya.org/index.php

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