Yesterday I received a call from a staff person at York Central Hospital, asking me if I could provide support for a Chinese Buddhist patient. Since I can’t, I put them onto Cham Shan Temple on Bayview Avenue. The temple is huge and has a very active congregation.
But the call got me thinking. Priests, rabbis, ministers and imams visit hospitals all the time. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that Buddhist temples, particularly ones with ethnic congregations not readily served by mainstream organizations, already have established relationships with healthcare centres? The caller said she found me on the internet.
In other words, what IS the state of Buddhist support for hospital patients across Canada?
Does anybody have some data or would anybody care to comment?