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.