Kensington: Pure Land Project hosting concert to aid spiritual hospice dream

Pure Land Project chairman Len Warren (Applecross).
Pure Land Project chairman Len Warren (Applecross).

BUDDHIST Len Warren dreams of opening a spiritual hospice for people who wish to focus on spiritual and emotional elevation in their final weeks.

The Pure Land Project chairman believes there should be alternatives to the way many live out our final weeks – hooked up to beeping machines in a hospital – and is in the early stages of planning such a facility.

“There is so much emphasis these days on the physical and medical side of death and often people are very busy going backward and forwards to hospital for treatment,” he said.

“But from the Buddhist perspective the time of death is very important and is a great opportunity as we believe this life is not the end, and whether a future life is going to be happy or not depends on your state of being when you die.”

The Pure Land Project will hold a fundraising concert featuring Shamarra de Tissera, the president of the Harp Society of WA, at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre on July 14, from 7pm.

The concert aims to build awareness of the Pure Land Project and introduce the benefits of bedside music and the Reverie Harp, which Mr Warren hoped would be a mainstay service.

His plan is to find a facility for a three-year pilot trial ahead of building a dedicated facility for the longer term.

He said the hospice would cater to anyone once open, regardless of their beliefs.