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Jenny Bright.

Assistant Professor (teaching stream) Buddhist Spiritual Care and Counselling

MPS Emmanuel College, 2022

PhD University of Toronto, 2017

MA Queens University, 2003

BA University of British Columbia, 2001

Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO, 2021

Associate Member, CASC, 2019 


Tel.: (416) 813-4096


Teaching & Research Interests:

Jenny Bright joined the faculty at Emmanuel College in 2023, having previously taught courses in Buddhism and medicine in the Department for the Study of Religion, and courses on Buddhism and psychology for both Emmanuel and the Buddhism, Psychology, and Mental Health minor at the University of Toronto. Prior to her present appointment, Jenny worked as a Spiritual Care Practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Her major research and teachings have centred on Buddhism, medicine, and healing in contemporary Asian communities. Lately, Jenny’s research and teaching is focusing more on practical theology and spiritual care in the Canadian context, especially in regards to education and practice in hospital settings. She is also concerned with spiritually-integrated psychotherapy for PTSD and moral distress/injury for front-line workers and responders. Jenny is also a practicing psychotherapist.


“Science and Authority in Tibetan Medicine: Gönpokyap’s Extraordinarily Special Features of the Human Body” (2008). In Buddhism and Medicine: Modern and Contemporary Sources, edited by Pierce Salguero. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

“‘Female Nectar: A Study of Hybridity and Gender in Contemporary Tibetan Medical Literature on Menstruation.” Asian Medicine 6, no. 2 (2011): 387–420.

Review of Secrets of the Vajra Body: Dngos po’i gnas lugs and the Apotheosis of the Body in the Work of Rgyal ba Yang dgon pa, by Willa Miller. Ph.D. diss., Harvard University, 2013,, (2014). 

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Executive Board of Directors (Religious Ministry and Education), Toronto Buddhist Church

Associate Member, Canadian Association of Spiritual Care

Selected Courses

EMP2015 Buddhism and Psychotherapy

EMP3547 Mindfulness Modalities for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

EMP2010 Buddhist Approaches to Mental Health

BPM339 Mind, Consciousness, and the Self