Experts reflect on role of spirituality in healing

“Religious and Secular Approaches to Suffering and Healing,” a dialogue on the role of spirituality in health care decisions.

Dr. Jerald Winakur, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Rabbi Jack Bemporad will present on Eastern, Western and secular approaches to healing. The panel discussion will be moderated by Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies.

This is the sixth “Conversations About Ethics” organized by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Event sponsors include the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, with participation by the Interreligious Council of San Antonio.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.

Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

Panelists include:

  • Jerald Winakur, M.D., a geriatrician who is a clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center and an associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. His book “Memory Lessons: A Doctor’s Story” recounts his personal struggle with his father’s disability and dementia.
  • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a leading scholar and meditation master of Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored a number of books, most recently “Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom.”
  • Rabbi Jack Bemporad, who directs the Center for Interreligious Understanding, which brings all faiths together to promote dialogue, respect and theological understanding. A Holocaust refugee from Italy, he has written many books, including “Our Age: The Historic New Era of Christian-Jewish Understanding.”

Shared dinner conversation and a book signing will follow the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

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