Faculty Directory

Daijaku Judith Kinst

Professor Emerita

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 809-1444
Degrees and Certifications

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


Curriculum Vitae

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.