Buddhist Studies Footnotes

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June 23, 2022 00:51:55
A Clinical Bioethicist on End-of-Life Decision-Making

A Clinical Bioethicist on End-of-Life Decision-Making

Dr. Sean Hillman discusses caregiving work and his research on end-of-life care in India through the lenses of religious studies, bioethics and the law. He talks about how religious views affect end-of-life decision-making of patients, families and health care professionals; issues around blocking disclosure of bad news in sharing of sensitive medical information; ritual fasting and immobilization at the end of life; and attitudes towards end-of-life care, including pain management, hospice palliative care and assistance in dying. Dr. Hillman is a clinical bioethicist with the Centre for Clinical Ethics (CCE), a consultant organization based at Unity Health Toronto and contracted to seven institutions in Ontario. He also is a Buddhist Corrections Chaplain for two facilities in the Kingston region. Dr. Hillman was a bedside caregiver in hospital for almost two decades and did a year-long fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics also at the CCE. A medical anthropologist and textualist, he has a doctorate in religion, bioethics, and south Asian studies from the University of Toronto. A scholar of Asian philosophies and languages for almost thirty years, Dr. Hillman has spent five years living, studying and researching in India. His current research projects are on maximizing decisional participation by those who might have mental capacity interferences, and on how to better understand why families may request aggressive medical management for their loved-ones despite a poor prognosis (including religious logic such as vitalism, non-harm and filial piety). Dr. Hillman is a member of Durham Family Resources community advisory committee for their “recognizing capacity” pilot project which advocates for increased inclusion of those with intellectual, cognitive or communication challenges and for including supported decision making in Ontario healthcare law. ...

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June 14, 2022 00:35:04
The Paisley Gate: Intersections of Buddhism & Psychedelics

The Paisley Gate: Intersections of Buddhism & Psychedelics

As psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies march towards likely legality for therapeutic purposes, we may ask  how Buddhism and psychedelics intersect. In this episode, Kerry Helston explores some challenges and opportunities as well as the existing legacy of Buddhism and psychedelics in the West, with reference to current science and academic literature as well as personal experiences.  Resources mentioned: Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America by Douglas Osto LSD and the Mind of the Universe by Christopher M. Bache  Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayana by Mike Crowley “Characterization and prediction of acute and sustained response to psychedelic psilocybin in a mindfulness group retreat” “Psychedelics, Meditation, and Self-Consciousness” Chacruna Religion & Psychedelics Forum Kerry Helston is a University of Toronto graduate student in psychotherapy and spiritual care. The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/. ...

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June 02, 2022 00:38:28
ReOrienting Medicine on the Silk Roads

ReOrienting Medicine on the Silk Roads

A conversation with Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim on her ground-breaking 2021 book, ReOrienting Histories of Medicine: Encounters along the Silk Roads. Ronit's research on Eurasian medical history illuminates cross-cultural interactions and transmissions of knowledge, drawing on medieval manuscripts from Dunhuang, Kucha, the Cairo Genizah and Tabriz. See more about this book at https://www.bloomsbury.com/ca/reorienting-histories-of-medicine-9781472512574/ . The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/ . ...

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May 23, 2022 00:41:03
How Buddhism Shapes Medical Care

How Buddhism Shapes Medical Care

A conversation with Pierce Salguero on his 2022 book, A Global History of Buddhism and Medicine. Pierce explains what it means to talk about "Buddhist medicine", how medical texts and healing practices interact, and how Buddhism and its healing practices change over time and across geographic regions. He emphasizes how the deep importance of Buddhism has been neglected in our understanding of medical practices globally, and stresses the value of transdisciplinary collaboration and conversation. See more about this book at http://cup.columbia.edu/book/a-global-history-of-buddhism-and-medicine/9780231185271. The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/ . ...

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May 20, 2022 00:34:56
Becoming a Buddhist Spiritual Care Provider

Becoming a Buddhist Spiritual Care Provider

A conversation about Buddhist spiritual care work with Joanne Yuasa, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist minister who is also in training to be a military chaplain. Joanne talks about how she came to Buddhism as an adult, and about her experiences with social anxiety disorder. Karl, Wini, and Joanne share their experiences of engaging with Buddhist practice in moments of suffering and distress. They also talk about working in hospital clinics as Buddhist care providers, and about the role of practices like deep listening and chanting mantras. All three speakers have gone through Emmanual College’s Buddhist chaplaincy program – Emmanual College is located in Toronto. Karl and Wini are just completing their Master of Pastoral Studies, focusing on Buddhist spiritual care, and Joanne Yuasa completed that program recently. The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/. ...

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May 19, 2022 00:15:55
Using Mantras for Healing in Tibetan Medicine

Using Mantras for Healing in Tibetan Medicine

Thinley Gyatso discusses the use of mantras in Tibetan medical practice. He describes early medical texts that address how mantras are used as healing tools, and reports on conversations with Tibetan medical doctors who use mantra recitation in their medical practice. Thinley describes how mantra recitation as a form speech or sound therapy and a type of breathing practice. Thinley’s research brings forth the multidimensional impact that mantras can have in Buddhist practices of healing. Thinley Gyatso is a University of Toronto doctoral student in Buddhist Studies. The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/. ...

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