In these contemporary times allow suffering is more evident than ever. An obvious example is the internet, which broadcasts worldwide news in an instantaneous manner. Here, we encounter stories of sickness and death, wars, and destruction from conflicts around the globe as they occur, replete with pictures, videos, and first-person accounts.
We might well ask how spiritual and religious organizations can provide serviceand care that might address this pervasive suffering. Basic Buddhist values regarding suffering, as well as a belief in the fundamental humanity and goodness of all beings, inform a Buddhist-inspired chaplaincy that provides spiritual meaning in our contemporary lives.