Medicine Buddha Today

The Science and Spirit of Healing

Golden Buddha.We ourselves all have Medicine Buddha within, and every act of kindness, every effort to help ourselves and our world, expresses that healing force within. Every kind act joins us to the universe in a healing way.

While Medicine Buddha is our basic nature, it can help to see this personal and universal healing force by studying the healing work of others——philosophers, mystics, scientists, artists, and anyone working with the real issues of ordinary life. These works can help us join health as we might experience it in the ordinary world of day to day details with the health of big picture of timeless, transcendent wisdom beyond words.

1 June, 2016

In the Journal of Affective Disorders entitled, The relationship of self-compassion and depression: Cross-lagged panel analyses in depressed patients after outpatient therapy, Krieger, Berger, and Holtforth found that lack of self-compassion often led to depression, where as depression per se did not specifically lead to loss of self-compassion. This would suggest how important it is that we care for ourselves in this difficult life we all must lead. It is important to remember that we generally try to do our best. We can give ourselves credit for being learners.

8 June, 2016

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Victor Frankyl, Man’s Search for Meaning

15 June, 2016

Statue of boy with bid in handA recent review published in Integrative Cancer Therapy, May 2016, looked at 22 studies using spiritual interventions in breast cancer survivors. The findings were that  “Compared with control groups, intervention groups demonstrated positive mental health outcomes and improved or stable neuroendocrine-immune profiles, although limitations exist.” The most common measure of overall stress and health was  serum cortisol levels.

22 June, 2016

According to the Buddhist tradition, people inherently possess buddha nature; that is we are  basically and intrinsically good. From that point of view, health comes first. Illness is secondary. Chogyam Trungpa, The Sanity We Are Born With, an Approach to Buddhist Psychology