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Dr. Robert Florida will be giving a lecture titled “Buddhist Hospice Care in Thailand: A Response to the AIDS Crisis” on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:00 pm at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, at the Social Sciences and Math Building, Room A104.
Dr. Robert Florida has been a fellow of CSRS since retiring from Brandon University as dean of arts and professor in the Department of Religion. His major area of research is contemporary ethical issues in Buddhism. He has written a book on Buddhism and human rights as well as a number of articles and chapters on Buddhist approaches to various ethical issues.
Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, has been relatively successful in dealing with its AIDS crisis. Several Buddhist monasteries established programs for AIDS patients and their families; one of these has the largest hospice in the country. The lecture will cover the principles and practices found in Thai Buddhist hospices and will note some significant differences between what is done there and in Western countries. The talk will be illustrated with material gathered in Thailand, some of which will be in the forthcoming CSRS book Religious Understandings of a “Good Death” in Hospice Palliative Care, edited by Drs. Harold Coward and Kelli Stajduhar.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
The Venus Project Lecture Tour will stop in Vancouver on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
This event is organised by The Zeitgeist Movement Collective Vancouver, a local chapter for the Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project. In their own words: “Adhering to the principles of human birth-rights, we are moving strongly towards a more peaceful way of life. This is referred to as the Resource-Based Economy as proposed by Jacque Fresco, creator of The Venus Project. Looking towards human betterment is what the movement is all about. As the Vancouver chapter, we hope you will join us in the movement and be the change you want to see in the world”.
More information and tickets are available on: http://zeitgeistvancouver.eventbrite.com/
We forget to breathe during challenging transitions; yoga teaches us to connect to sources and resources by focusing on the breath.
The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. This is a schedule of its 2010 lectures around the world, as published on its official website:
|15th April||New Zealand||Auckland||yes|
|17th April||New Zealand||Wellington||yes|
|20th June (Second Lecture)||Greece||Athens||yes|
Life is beautiful, let’s enjoy the beauty and spread our love!
“Healing From Rain Forests: The Value of Traditional Knowledge” a very promising lecture by Dr. Memory Elvin-Lewis, at the Vancouver Institute on October 2, 2010 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Elvin-Lewis’ multifaceted scientific career has encompassed aspects of virology, epidemiology, microbiology, ethnobotany, and ethnopharmacology. Her studies have been worldwide with particular emphasis on plants used in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the West Indies and North and South America. Her research focuses on understanding the therapeutic rationale behind plants selected for a wide variety of maladies, particularly those of infectious origin. Dr. Elvin-Lewis also continues to be interested in the risks of inappropriate herbal formulations and/or use. Her original 2001 article, “Should we be concerned about herbal remedies”, enjoyed more “hits” on the Ethnopharmacology’s website than any other publication at that time.