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Taqwa Surapati, GCIC
Cancer Care Chaplain - Palo Alto
Taqwa completed her chaplain residency at Stanford Health Care, before going to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut for a Graduate Certification in Islamic Chaplaincy in 2014. Prior to that, Taqwa served for a decade as a Spiritual Care volunteer at Stanford and other local hospitals in the San Jose area. Currently finishing her Master of Art in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Taqwa’s interests include oncology chaplaincy, how people of faith think of end-of-life situations and advance health care planning. Taqwa came to the US in 1998 from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ven. Zhiyun Cai
Cancer Care Chaplain - South Bay
Ven. Zhiyun Cai is a Board-Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains with three Palliative Care Chaplaincy certifications. Ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1993 in the Zen Buddhist tradition in China, she received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of the West. Trained as a Chaplain Resident and Palliative Care fellow at Stanford Health Care, she served with an agency as staff palliative care and hospice chaplain for two years and also as a chaplain in the Emergency Department at Stanford Health Care. Her research includes mindfulness training to increase the quality of life for the Palliative Care patients, Self-Calming Rituals, Competency Cultural Education, and Asian Perceptive on Death and Dying. Ven. Zhiyun Cai has traveled extensively in the United States and overseas to provide spiritual care and teachings.