On August 5, Ven. Mankuang along with volunteer Joey Gutierrez and Miss Liu Fangfang went to Pomona Valley Hospital to talk about Buddhist hospice care to the hospital’s Chaplin Barret Burren, and other social workers. Daily News reporter Zhang Minyi and China Press reporter Simon Chen also participated.
These two years, the hospital started to have hospice care, hoping to provide spiritual care for dying patients besides medical help. Except for Christian and Catholic groups, the pastor also actively invites religious representatives from Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism to join in the hospice care group.
Ven. Mankuang first talked about the Buddhist’ view on death. “Passing away” signifies the end of this life and the beginning of another. The main goal of hospice care is to help guiding a dying person to peacefully finish this life. By chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha, it guides both the dying person and his or her family members to think about the Pure Land and so able to be received by the Buddha.
During the conversation, Chaplin mentioned that there are six hospitals in California register for palliative care, but only Pomona Valley Hospital has interfaith connections. He believes that the plan of “Bridging the Faith” can benefit many patients and their families. According to the statistic of the hospital, 15% of the patients are Chinese speakers, and the number grows yearly. After the conversation, the group took a tour to see the hospital’s facilities and also place Chinese and English sutras as well as Ven. Master Hsing Yun’s pocket books in the praying room.