Hindu Chaplaincy Program

 

You Can Become A Certified Hindu Chaplain

 Learn How To Serve In Temples, Medical Facilities, Universities and Other Chaplaincy Settings!

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“Lead us from Unreal to Real. Lead us from Darkness to the Light. Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality!” – Upanishads

 

Hindu University of America in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders required to become  Certified Chaplains of the Hindu Faith.

 Qualifications of a Hindu Chaplain:

A Hindu Chaplain affiliated with an institution in an official capacity where there are either patients, residents, inmates, employees or students, is an essential part of the Chaplaincy or the Spiritual and Religious Care Department in the institution and should be directly involved in the provision of appropriate, adequate and timely spiritual and religious care for Hindus, those who consider themselves Hindus and any other individuals. The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution.

The specialized spiritual and religious needs of those who are either patients, residents, inmates, employees or students and who consider themselves Hindus must be provided by a qualified Hindu Chaplain officially affiliated with the institution housing these individuals.

The Certification is comprised of two courses:

  • HNP 6201 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy
  • HNP 6202 Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics

“Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy” is the first of the two courses required to become a Certified Chaplain of the Hindu Faith

HNP 6201 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy

The introductory certification course will be offered as an online course and students will be able to participate in weekly sessions through our state of the art virtual class software. The course will have 12 weeks of online lectures and reading materials which will be posted on a regular basis.

Students will be required to submit a 2000 word essay at the end on a topic of their choice. The topic should address issues discussed in the course.

The fee for the instructional program for certification is $500. 

For Registration and Payment option for the course see: Hindu Chaplain Certification Form

Please Contact us at: info@hua.edu

For Enquiries Call: 407-275-0013

HUA is working to establish a Masters of Divinity program to train chaplains of Eastern Traditions to serve anywhere that such services are needed. This course is also applicable for graduate college credit.

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“Let Us Walk Together, Talk Together, Serve Together as One.”- Swami Satchidananda

More Qualifications of a Hindu Chaplain:

The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution. A Hindu trained chaplain needs to have an all inclusive background of skills to enable him/her to serve anyone of any faith or spiritual tradition.

 

111Swami Sarvaananda, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She spent 15 years in medical and hospice chaplaincy and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram. She is active in many national chaplaincy as well as community projects on and off the ashram.

She is seen here outside LOTUS: the Light of the Universe Shrine to all faiths located on the Ashram grounds. LOTUS has thousands of visitors every year including many Hindus. It was created by Swami Satchindananda who taught Hindu and Yogic teachings around the world.

The Certification is comprised of two courses:

  • HNP 6201 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy
  • HNP 6202 Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics

“Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics” is the second of the two courses required to become a Certified  Chaplain of the Hindu Faith.

HNP 6202 Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics

Pastoral care is the art of ministry as it relates to the psychological and theological needs of persons and faith communities. In this course, we will consider specific interventions for predictable human needs. In addition to basic pastoral care and brief counseling for individuals, couples, families and communities, we will consider the ethical context of pastoral care from a Hindu perspective. This will include issues such as the healing functions of ritual and theological responses to questions such as: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Course participants will be asked to draw on their own experience in life to role play pastoral care dialogues and to study specific cases.

The duration of this online course is 12 weeks. Students will be able to participate in required weekly sessions through our state of the art virtual class software. Students will have to submit two case studies; a PowerPoint presentation on “Listening Skills” for use in temples and with any audience; and a personal strategy essay for chaplaincy for the successful completion of this course.

 

The fee for the instructional program for certification is $500. 

For Registration and Payment option for the course see:  Hindu Chaplain Certification Form

Please Contact us at: info@hua.edu

For Enquiries Call: 407-275-0013

Certification for the “Hindu Chaplain – Basic Level” program is given after finishing this course.

We look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Scholarship/Sponsorship needed, especially for foreign students.

Please share this need with those who may have the ability to help.

 

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