Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Buddhist Nurses' Interest Group

In recent months we've heard from several nurses, some qualified and some in training, for whom Buddhism has a particular relevance in their work with seriously ill and dying people, and who would like to explore Buddhist philosophy and practice in company with like-minded others, especially other nurses and care-givers. The Trust's relationship with and appeal to hospice professionals is nothing new of course; the Trust grew out of a synergy experienced by its founders, Ray Wills and Dennis Sibley, with the UK hospice movement which, at the time of the Trust's establishment, was both gaining wider recognition and beginning to frame wider policy on palliative and end-of-life care in the UK, based on the seminal contribution of Dame Cicely Saunders and St Christpher's Hospice

We are in the process of consulting with others on how best to and promote a Buddhist Nurses' Interest Group, and invite anyone with an interest in, or ideas for, this project to contact us, so we can take it forward.

Although the provisional title might sugggest a certain 'exclusivity', the proposed group might well include non-professional care-givers other than nurses, and would almost certainly welcome involvement by people who, while interested in Buddhist perspectives, were not fully "signed up to" Buddhism, or were not symapathetic to the religious context in which Buddhism is usually perceived as operating.

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