Graduate Theological Union

Daijaku Judith Kinst

Noboru and Yaeko Professor of Buddhist Chaplaincy
Director of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2007

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2004
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1996
BA, Occidental College, 1982

Phone: 510/809-1444

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy: Buddhist Foundations and Contributions to an Interfaith Setting
  • Buddhist Psychology: Yogacara and the Interface with Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Faith in Eihei Dogen's Writing and Soto Zen Practice
  • Buddhist Religious and Contemplative Development
  • Inter-religious and Inter-tradition Dialogue
  • Buddhist Ceremonial Ministry

Selected Publications

  • Trust, Realization and the Self in Soto Zen Practice, Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies Series, Institute of Buddhist Studies and BDK America, 2015.
  • “Spiritual Guidance in Mahayana Buddhism: Zen (Ch’an/Son), Pure Land, Nichiren, and Vajrayana,” Co-authored with Richard Payne PhD, in Spiritual Direction Across Traditions: A Sourcebook for Spiritual Directors and Other Professionals Providing Counsel to People of Different Faith Traditions, Skylight Paths, 2014.  
  • “The Path by Moonlight: Dogen’s Guidelines for Following the Way,” in Seeds of Virtue Seeds of Change: A Collection of Zen Teachings, Temple Ground Press, 2014.
  • “Ziyong’s Ship of Compassion,” in  The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five  Centuries of Awakened Women, Wisdom Publications, 2013.
  • “Cultivating an Appropriate Response: Educational Foundations for Buddhist Chaplains and Pastoral Care Providers,” in The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work, Wisdom Publications, 2012.