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Offline ZenFred

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Medicine Buddha Sutra and healthcare?
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:48:04 pm »

In this sutra, the underlying cause of all illness is delusion and karma. As a healthcare worker with people who are in great physical pain or saddened by their limitations to care for themselves. How do I address the underlying attachments/expectations that cause their suffering? What role should my buddhist practice play in providing care?

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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra and healthcare?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014, 01:53:28 pm »
It should {The Medicine Buddha Practice} ... manifest understanding and compassion.


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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra and healthcare?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 10:50:02 am »
Wesley, you are right that compassion is the simple answer.
Seeing others as fellow sufferers.

I stumbled across another answer to my own question. His holiness the Dalai Lama describes three levels of suffering:

First level: physical/mental pain
Second level: due to change
Third level; conditioning with negative thoughts

As an occupational therapist addressing disabling conditions my focus is on alleviating the first level. My patients also suffer at the other two levels as I can be aware of and compassionate of that; which alone can bring comfort. Teaching people to embrace impermanence is beyond my scope as therapist, possibly beyond my authority as a lay buddhist, and something I have far from mastered myself.

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Re: Medicine Buddha Sutra and healthcare?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 03:02:33 pm »
They do it through the knowledge developed in the Tibetan School of Medicine.

 


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