Counselling Education Courses

Buddhist Counselling Education Program:

Introduction to Buddhist Counselling Course
Instructor: Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW and lay Dharma teacher in the Vajrayana tradition.
Teaching Assistant: Charles Chiarelli, BEd, Master of Pastoral Studies in Buddhism (Candidate) and Assistant to Ven. Bhante Dhammo, Dharma teacher in the Cambodian community.

14 Saturdays (on-line classes via Zoom), September 18 2021- December 11, 2021 – 20 hour course
-seven (wks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13) two-hour classes of instruction with Linda (total 14 hours, 4-6 pm) and
-six (wks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) one hour of practice and integration sessions with Charles (4-5 pm)

The Fall 2021 course is designed to provide basic Buddhist counselling skills to individuals with little or no clinical experience or training. It is intended to prepare participants to volunteer with Buddhist community members, friends, and family. No previous training is required.

This course includes learning generic counselling skills. Participants will role play with others, and talk about their own Buddhist and meditation practice with each other. They will see how Buddhist principles of impermanence, suffering, and no-self can be included into their supportive counselling conversations and they will be encouraged to practice these skills in their many conversations.

Please see the application form for more details about the course.

Registration fee is $50. Please send completed application form (word format) to by September 11, 2021 (extended to September 15).

The Buddhist Grief Counselling Certificate Course
January 14, 2022 to March 18, 2022; 20 hours, 10 weeks.
Instructor: Ven. Sister Thich nu Ting Quang

In Buddhism, we are taught that loss and grief are inevitable yet they are still immensely challenging aspects of life. When a bereavement happens, no matter whether it was predicted or unexpected, it can be incredibly difficult to process. The Buddhist Volunteer Grief Counselling Certificate Course acquaints you with the grieving process and explains how to support someone going through it, exploring the various types of bereavement and advising the specifics of how to help in each situation.

The primary goal of The Buddhist Volunteer Grief Counselling Certificate Course is that students gain the knowledge and skills to provide effective grief counselling and support for Buddhist practitioners or others interested in this approach, using a biopsychosocial and Buddhist approach to grief. During these 20 hours of grief support training, students advance their counselling skills.  This may include incorporating writing and art in their approach, in order to guide clients through their grief. 

Please see the course outline (subject to change) and application form for more details about the course.

Registration fee is $50. Please send completed application form (word format) to by December 31, 2021

Program Sponsors:
The Mahayana Pure Land Temple
Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada