|ART AND MEDICINE
|Year : 2005 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 122-123
Non-western healing tradition
|Date of Web Publication||18-Jun-2010|
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|How to cite this article:|
. Non-western healing tradition. Heart Views 2005;6:122-3
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| The Medicine Buddha|| |
"His radiant body is azure blue. His left hand is in the meditation mudra and holds a begging bowl full of long life nectar in his lap. As a sign that he gives protection from illness, his right hand is outstretched in the gesture of giving and holds the "great medicine", the myrobalan plant (a-ru-ra)."
"More important . . . is to understand what you are doing. And most important is to understand that by visualizing yourself as the Medicine Buddha you are not pretending to be something that you are not . . ."
| Tibetan Medicine|| |
Causes of distress and disease
Tibetan medicine recognizes three basic types of illness, the root causes of which are the conflicting emotions - passion, aggression, and ignorance. Myrobalan is the only herb in the Tibetan pharmacopoeia that can aid in healing each of these three types of diseases. This is like the action of the Buddha of Healing, who has the power to see the true cause of any affliction, whether spiritual, physical or psychological, and who does whatever is necessary to alleviate it.
The four levels of therapy in Tibetan medicine:
- Lifestyle changes: diet, exercise, quality relaxation and rest, and hygiene.
- Detoxification and rejuvenation.
- Surgery, acupuncture, and moxabustion - a heat form of acupuncture.
- Spiritual medicine - the deepest and most invasive level. Various methods that either involves the client in practices of contemplation and meditation, or meditations, prayers are done on the client's behalf by the healer/physician. The end-result or goal is enlightenment or harmony with the universe.
Source: Robert Sachs, The Healing Tradition of
Medicine Buddha Buddhism Today, Vol.8, 2000