Welcome to the Buddhist Council of Wales site. Here you will find details of events, information and news relating to the organisations which are members of the Council and also to other Buddhist organisations – a resource for all Buddhists in Wales.

Sunday 21 April 2013

Teachings at Palpung Wales in June 2013

HE Khandro Rinpoche will be teaching at Palpung Wales on June 15 and 16, commencing with a talk on the teacher-student relationship and guru yoga. She will also be commencing a cycle of teachings on the creation and completion stages of deity yoga which will continue over the next several years. 

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, the popular Kagyu lama, will be teaching at Palpung Wales on the weekend of June 28-30.

Fri 28th PUBLIC TALK at 6.30pm: How to keep practice alive in daily life?
Sat 29th – Sun 30th (10am-12 & 2pm-4pm) COURSE: Confusion Arises as Wisdom – Gampopa´s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra (the title of Rinpoche's latest book).

Please see the Palpung Wales web site for booking and details or email palpungukoffice@gmail.com or call 01495 313395.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

NHS Chaplains

The National Secular Society (NSS) are opposing the need for Hospital Chaplains in the NHS.  The following extracts are from an article on Hospital Chaplains which can be read in full here and you can also sign an e-petition in support for NHS Chaplaincy services here.

"[hospital chaplains] spend only a minority of their time with people of explicit religious affiliation. Much more time is spent on people of no explicit religious belief, but whose illness has brought them to a place of uncertainty, anxiety, and questioning, and who ask the chaplain to accompany them through that experience. [Chaplains] don’t proselytise (it’s against their code of conduct), and are bound by their professional standards to be open, accepting and non-judgemental to those who ask for their help. [Chaplains] are likely to have well developed skills in secular ethics, philosophy, sociology and many other disciplines, and also often have a profound body of experience to draw on. Almost uniquely in the contemporary NHS, chaplains organise their time so as to give their patients the attention they need, rather than working strictly to timed appointments. 

[Secularists] tend to argue simply that chaplaincy should be taken out of NHS hands altogether and, in effect, privatised by handing it over to religious organisations. [This] would make chaplaincy more narrowly religious, less helpful to patients, and virtually useless to NHS professionals and the institutions in which they work. A chaplain employed by a Church would see only patients who were members of that Church; a chaplain employed by the NHS is available for anyone. A chaplain employed by a Church would have no commitment or loyalty to the hospital they worked in. An NHS chaplain not only has that commitment and loyalty, but has an often explicit remit to help guide and challenge the institution when needed. The chaplain is also one of a usually small group of professionals whose role is to resist the tendency of modern technological biomedicine to see sick people merely as broken-down machines, and  who try to affirm and promote the human values of good healthcare."