Buddhist Prison Chaplain – Job Description


To exercise a pastoral ministry to the whole establishment, and to ensure the availability of Buddhist Teaching and Practice.
To encourage the development of Morality, Meditation and Wisdom.
To be a kalyana mitta or ‘good friend’ to the registered Buddhists.
To make a Buddhist contribution to the life of the prison.


To the Spiritual Director of ANGULIMALA
For duties required by the Prison Act.


Approval by the Spiritual Director of ANGULIMALA.
Must be a committed Buddhist living by a moral standard of at least that of the Five Precepts and must be a regular meditator.
Must have a competent understanding of Buddhist Teaching and Practice.
Must have demonstrable knowledge of Buddhist schools other than the one to which you belong and be willing and able to help and encourage interest in and practice of those schools when required.
Be willing to promote teachings and principles held in common by mainstream Buddhist traditions while avoiding giving undue preference to your own or any other particular tradition.
Be willing to complete Angulimala’s Prison Dharma course and attend two of Angulimala’s training workshops a year.


Pastoral care of inmates and staff, including those who are already Buddhists as well as those who are inquiring or just beginning to explore an interest in Buddhism.
Individual and group instruction in the theory and practice of Buddhism.
Guidance with reading matter and making available literature.


As agreed with the prison and within ANGULIMALA.


Agreed objectives.
Reporting in at ANGULIMALA training workshops and to the Spiritual Director.