Reverend Jennifer Block, MA
San Francisco, CA 94102
Jennifer Block is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Vipassana
and Yoga since 1988. Her life’s work is to care for people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and
teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing.
Based in San Francisco, Jennifer is a nationally-recognized educator and consultant to many
organizations and businesses. She provides individual care and conducts workshops bridging
spiritual, hospice, and contemplative care modalities.
As one of the first Buddhist chaplains in the country, Jennifer brings 12+ years of hospice, grief,
and chaplaincy experience to her work with caregivers, clinicians, chaplaincy students, and
especially those who are facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to aging, sickness,
dying and grief. Her skills as an engaging teacher and facilitator are matched by the ease and
authenticity of her caregiving practice.
From 2004-2011, Jennifer served as the Director of Education & Chaplain at Zen Hospice
Project, creating a curriculum based on their mission and contemplative care approach. She now
continues her work with Zen Hospice Project as a consultant.
Jennifer serves as core faculty at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in Redwood City, CA,
where she introduces Buddhist practitioners to the professional practice of spiritual care through
their Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at
Boston University (1985), and her theology degree at Naropa University (2000).
Zen Hospice Project, San Francisco, CA
2004 - 2011
Education Director & Chaplain
Provide extensive spiritual care to staff, volunteers, residents, families, and visitors.
Design and implement workshops, volunteer trainings, and events to assist people facing life threatening illness,
their family and friends, and end-of-life care clinicians.
Develop curriculum, recruit and train volunteers in the integration of spiritual practice and compassionate care.
Ensure that community education programs have a foundation in Buddhist teachings that foster awareness and
compassion in facing death.
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, Redwood City, CA
2003 - present
Co-founder and teacher of Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program
Develop curriculum recruit and train Buddhist practitioners in the integration of spiritual practice and
Teach and facilitate chaplaincy students
St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
1999 - 2003
CPE Supervisor In Training & Chaplain, 1999-2003
Teach, facilitate, and evaluate chaplaincy students
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