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                       Provisional Agenda for
 the Constituent Meeting for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group
        to be held on Sunday the 5th July 2009 at 13:30
                      at the Buddhist Society
              (at 58 Eccleston Square SW1V 1PH
 http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=SW1V+1PH&countryCode=GB)


The meeting is open to all Buddhist individuals and groups involved in
Chaplaincy and 'Caring for others' in the South East and beyond, subscribing to
the principles of tolerance, inclusiveness and openness in a non-political
framework, taking as a guide the original Teachings of the Buddha

13:30 Welcome and induction for the day (Dr D.Biddulph or Mariano, on behalf of
the Buddhist Society)

13;35 quick round of who we are and what we do

13:45 Rationale, scope and outline of the proposed initiative (Dr. Sunil
Kariyakarawana)

14:00 Chaplaincy in HM Prisons (Chris Blomeley/D.W. ?)

14:15 NHS Multifaith Chaplaincy Group (BHCG, Keith Munnings/Roger Green)

14:30 HMS Chaplaincy   (Dr. Sunil Kariyakarawana)

14:45 Chaplaincy in Immigration Detention Centres (Fo Guang temple
representative)

15:00 Hospices and Palliative care

15:15 Chaplaincy in Universities

15:30 Other Carers (Sunil's new friend)

15:40 Tea break

15:50 Summary of where we are at, what we are proposing, where we are going

16:00 Open guided discussion, formation of Activities committee

16:45 Round up, Actions plan , set date for the next meeting



                                Proposal



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It is proposed to set-up a Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group with the
following aims.

   o To support all sectors of Buddhist chaplaincy in the UK (ie:, NHS, HM
     Services, HM Detention centres, Refugee centres, the Police, Fire and
     Ambulance Service as well as Education establishments Schools and
     Colleges and Universities etc)

   o To aim towards nationwide outreach, articulated in regional structures; but
     initially focussed in the south-east (with the exception of HM Services
     which will need to be nationwide from the outset)

   o To include representation with public bodies (eg: Coroner‟s Office) and
     local & central government

   o To provide support for wider areas of social care (eg: visiting old people‟s
     homes, nursing, officiating at funerals etc)

   o To run a long-term structured programme aimed at training current &
     future chaplains and social carers, by utilising existing resources (eg:
     courses already being run by various temples and groups)

   o To offer specially designed new courses tailored specifically to the needs
     of social carers (eg: delivering regular workshops on counselling, holding
     monthly talks given by chaplains working for the NHS, Angulimala etc)

   o To establish higher education courses for Buddhist chaplains in
     partnership with a number of educational establishments (eg: SOAS,
     Cardiff, St. Mary‟s Twickenham, Sunderland etc) To provide Continuing
     Professional Development and ongoing support for Chaplains.

   o To liaise with the press and broadcasting media

   o To meet requests from the NHS, the Police, Fire and Ambulance Service
     as well as Schools and Colleges and Universities etc, to provide guest
     speakers at relevant events and workshops

   o To provide appropriate spokespeople when media issues arise

   o To engage with young people by visiting schools and universities

   o To manage a comprehensive website

   o To manage an online password-protected searchable database of
     chaplains, resources, contact details, temples, organisations, facilities etc
     (within Data Protection guidelines)



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   o To establish a publishing wing for books, training materials etc

   o To distribute a periodical magazine / newsletter with events calendar,
     training course details, recommended websites & books, articles etc

   o To invite member organisations to contribute articles to the magazine

   o To look at the possibility of running an „agony aunt‟ / helpline service
     which the general public can access free of charge


2) Not within the scope of the proposed group:

   o Representation of non-mainstream schools of Buddhism

   o Tradition-specific lay ministry

   o Officiating at weddings, naming ceremonies etc



3) Short/Medium-term action plan (1st – 6th month):

   1. Create an identity for the group

   2. Purchase a good domain name, eg: “BuddhistChaplaincyUK.com”

   3. Get the group‟s organisational structure up and running

   4. Approach potential patrons (eg: The Dalai Lama, Prince Charles, Prince
      Harry, Robert Ho from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation etc)

   5. Approach potential advisors (from Amaravati, London Buddhist Vihara etc)

   6. Run a fact-finding mission (visiting temples, chaplaincy organisations,
      academic establishments etc, in London and the South-East, identifying
      existing facilitiwa, volunteers and their skills, etc)

   7. Find suitable sponsors

   8. Attract funding from traditional Buddhist communities (eg: Thai, Chinese,
      Sri Lankan, Tibetan, Nepalese, Japanese, Burmese etc)

   9. Organise a high profile launch event before Christmas 2009




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4) Medium-term action plan (6th – 12th month):

   1. Establish a repeatable series of training workshops for potential chaplains,
      hosted by various temples and centres who wish to be involved

   2. Host monthly talks at the Buddhist Society which cover specific topics
      such as prison chaplaincy, NHS chaplaincy etc

   3. Engage with and train young people in chaplaincy skills, particularly those
      already in caring professions such as nursing

   4. Publish inspirational books and other media to take into barracks,
      hospitals, refugee detention centres, hospices etc

   5. Launch a regular magazine / newsletter to be distributed to all member
      organisations, featuring training dates, events listings, book & website
      recommendations, articles, pictures etc

   6. Invite member organisations to contribute articles, image content and
      upcoming events listings towards the magazine

   7. Build up a list of individuals who can answer telephone & email queries
      about Buddhist chaplaincy and Buddhism in general – some training
      needs to be provided to enable this


5) Long-term action plan (12 months+ )

   1. Support all sectors of Buddhist chaplaincy at national level

   2. Train future chaplains by establishing fully accredited university courses
      specific to Buddhist chaplaincy

   3. Continue to deliver an ongoing series of regular training workshops and
      talks for trainee chaplains

   4. Provide a wealth of information through our own standalone website

   5. Manage an extensive online database of chaplains, advisors, resources,
      organisations etc

   6. Provide guest speakers upon request for government organisations,
      external training workshops, and a variety of media events

   7. Organise visits to schools and universities, to engage with young people



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   8. Set up a free nationwide „agony aunt‟ helpline service for the general
      public, which is to be advertised in the national press and broadcast media


Note:

The issue of 'Endorsing Authorities' for the Chaplaincy projects will not be
addressed in the near future, as we feel that priority should be given to the
setting up and establishment of our infrastructure and support network.

We believe that in the fullness of time, suitable
representational arrangements will naturally emerge of
their own accord, reflecting the level of maturity and
integration achieved by various projects.




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