Jennifer Block is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Insight Meditation, and Yoga since 1988. Her life’s work is providing spiritual care to 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. The core of which is with caregivers, clinicians, students, and especially those who are facing spiritual and emotional issues related to aging and loss. Her skills as an engaging teacher and facilitator are matched by the ease and authenticity of her caregiving practice.
Background: From 2004-2011, Jennifer served as the Director of Education & Chaplain at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, creating a curriculum based on their mission to care for the dying. Since 2003, Jennifer has served as core faculty for the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in Redwood City, CA. It is here that she created a Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program which introduces Buddhist practitioners to the profession of spiritual care. From 1998-2004, Jennifer trained in spiritual care and pastoral education at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University (1985), and her Masters in Theology at Naropa University (2000) and was ordained as an Interfaith minister in 1998. Jennifer is a student of Zen with Norman Fischer and the Everday Zen sangha.
In addition, she is the proud daughter of Peter Block, an internationally acclaimed author and consultant, and the portrait-blessed niece of San Francisco-based photographer, Jim Block. When in need of recuperation from life’s daily stresses, Jennifer and her boyfriend immerse themselves in nature and play time in the dog world.