Chaplaincy Council

Chaplaincy Council

The IMC Chaplaincy Council is comprised of senior members of the greater community who, as volunteers, provide Dharma support to individuals in time of major life transitions.

The Council can provide wedding, funeral and memorial services as well as basic spiritual counseling and support for people during times of serious illness and dying.

Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella receive many email requests for advice from people far away who have heard their talks on Audio Dharma. They are not able to respond personally to all of these, and the Chaplaincy Council provides support in this area.

The Chaplaincy Council is not intended to respond to urgent medical or psychiatric needs and is not a substitute for appropriate professional assistance.


Chaplaincy Council coordinator: Shelley Gault

Jim Bronson, David Cohen, Robert Cusick, Rebecca Dixon, Susan Ezequelle, Andrea Fella, Ines Freedman, Gil Fronsdal, Bill Hart, Berget Jelane, Ronna Kabatznick, Judy Long, Kim McLaughlin, Richard Shankman, Maria Straatmann.

To Request Support

Send an email to Chaplaincy Council (preferred), or leave a voicemail message at (650) 599-3456.


  • Dying in the Dharma: A 3-part series of talks by Gil Fronsdal on the practical aspects of dying as a Buddhist: preparing for death, practices for dying, Buddhist understanding of death, handling of the body after death, death rituals and funerals.
  • Theravada Approach to Spiritual Care of the Dying and the Dead (PDF)