Health Haven

Body, Mind and Spirit Working Together

Health Haven

"In Buddhism, the wisdom taught in the scriptures is mainly aimed at realizing enlightenment. However, spiritual exercises can also help us find happiness and health in our everyday life. There are extensive discourses in Buddhism on improving our ordinary life and having a peaceful, joyous, and beneficial existence in this very world."
Tulku Thondup -- The Healing Power of Mind

Tibetan Medicine: The Wisdom of Natural Healing
Imagine a medical tradition, highly effective, offering medicines that produce no lasting negative side effects, sustainably using resources of the natural environment, and fostering basic sanity and compassion as the essential basis of health and well being. It seems that several classical Asian cultures embodied such traditions, and elements of those medical traditions, in the form of Chinese herbal medicine, Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Tibetan medicine, are now beginning to gain respect in the West.

The fundamental principle of preventive health care is that one can adopt a style of life that will support health and healing. Diet, exercise, behavior, spiritual practice -- each individual can learn how to be more healthy in all these aspects of life.
Unfortunately, in our modern world of endless change and countless alternativs, deciding exactly what changes in diet and behavior would be appropriate can be a real challenge. Many conflicting sources of advice on these matters are now widely available. The best advice we've heard is to choose a system that appeals to you and stick with it for long enough to see if it really works for you.

"If you loose your mind, come back."
-- Shambhala Buddhist Slogan
The Ancient Wisdom of Shambhala

Malnutrition Harms the Mind

A lot more is here:

"If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering."

"[ Healing by visualizing the Medicine Buddha ] can be applied not only to physical sickness but to mental problems as well. If you want to get rid of a particular type of anxiety or stress or depression or fear or any other kind of unpleasant mental experience, you can visualize the Medicine Buddha seated above the top of your head and think in the same way as before that luminous ambrosia or liquid light emerges from his body, filling your body and cleansing you of any problem, whatever it is.
You might think that all of this sounds a bit childish, but in fact it actually works, and you will find that out if you try it."
-- Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche

—Lama Tashi Namgyal
Teachings on The Medicine Buddha


More in the Daruma Museum:

Medicine Buddha of Japan:
Yakushi Nyorai 薬師如来

Medicine Buddhas of Tibet


Daruma Museum, Japan


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