Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha celebrating Buddha Day in Goddard Chapel, 2018.(Nicholas Pfosi for Tufts University)
The Buddhist Chaplaincy, led by the Buddhist Chaplain, offers resources for practicing Buddhism and mindfulness at Tufts. The Buddhist Chaplain leads weekly mindfulness meditation sessions in the Interfaith Center, and also offers small group opportunities to study Buddhist and other spiritual texts related to Buddhist values—such as peace, interdependence, and compassion. The Buddhist Chaplain cultivates the campus mindfulness community, offers resources for ethical reflection, and provides pastoral care. The Buddhist Chaplain also teaches about contemplative practices in student and faculty/staff groups and supports interfaith programming, such as the annual Buddha’s Birthday Celebration, which concludes the academic year. The Buddhist Chaplaincy provides a link with local, regional, national, and international resources for Buddhist and mindfulness study and practice, including retreat centers and conferences. The Buddhist Chaplaincy promotes a pluralistic approach to the Buddhist tradition and to mindfulness practice, connecting the campus community with many different forms of practice.