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Jun 06, 2023 | ISBN 9781623178093

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“In a world where crises happen every day, living through disaster and with trauma are frighteningly common human experiences. Caregivers grapple with the crises of their own lives even as they seek to help those actively experiencing crisis and disaster in the present moment…. This book is essential reading; from foundational chapters on dealing with personal loss to wide-scale disasters to very specific situations like the ICU—no matter their circumstance, every caregiver can benefit from each piece.”
—Monica Sanford, assistant dean of Multireligious Ministry at Harvard University and author of Kalyanamitra

“…a timely and precious anthology of experienced Buddhist psychologists, chaplains, counselors, and other voices from around the world…. This collection of essays is clearly a gift from bodhisattvas to bodhisattvas.”
—Venerable Juewei, director of the Humanistic Buddhism Center at Nan Tien Institute and ordained in the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order

“This is dāna of the highest order, a foundational text for the maturing profession of Buddhist chaplaincy. You’ll want this in your professional library to refer to over and over.”
—Duane Bidwell, Center for Health Professions Education, Hebert School of Medicine; author of When One Religion Isn’t Enough; and board member at the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

“The multidisciplinary wisdom contained in this collection will surely be a boon for both aspiring caregivers as well as those already deep in the work of weaving the threads of the Buddhist wisdom tradition into chaplaincy, psychology, and social work. I pray that these powerful voices will help inspire new generations of caregivers in ways that will continue the vital work shared here in ways that we have yet to fathom.”
—Lama Justin von Bujdoss, Buddhist chaplain and author of Modern Tantric Buddhism

Refuge in the Storm underscores chaplains’ universal and essential role in caring for the most vulnerable in times of crisis or upheaval, such as natural disasters, personal emergencies, or global pandemics. These contexts create trauma and trigger the need for resources and support, which requires compassionate and competent care irrespective of one background.”
—Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, assistant professor of practical theology and director of the interreligious chaplaincy at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley

“‘Suffering is not an emergency…’ explains a Buddhist Chaplain, ‘and it matters to end it.’ How then do we in care provider roles utilize the mindset and heartset of Buddhist teachings as a means to reduce and transcend suffering? In this essential anthology the practices that lead to embodying more than knowledge and skill application create the means to express one’s self as context and content for others. A necessary reading.”
—Clifford Ishigaki, codirector of Interfaith Ministry Training at Unity and Diversity World Council, trauma recovery specialist, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, aikido senior instructor, and ordained minister

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