The Buddha’s Discourse on Medicine: A Lecture
The Buddha was the perfect physician: we can affirm that all his teachings have the final goal to heal physically and, at the same time, to enhance the spiritual development of human beings. This Discourse lays the roots of the modern medical science – it is the result of an extraordinary ability of observation of the relationship between human beings and the laws of life in our planet and the Universe.
In the great heritage of wisdom and spiritual knowledge that Buddha left, there is an aspect less known: his teaching on Medicine, and in particular his Discourse on the total pacification of all diseases. We consider the Chinese translation of this Discourse, done by I’Tsing in 703, as the best report of the original teaching. Indeed, this Discourse lays down the roots of the modern medical science: it is the result of an extraordinary ability of observation of the relationship between human beings and the laws of life in our planet and the Universe. Several branches of modern medicine are already outlined in this text, together with the first description of different body-types in humans.
Who can attend: Open to doctors, healers, students of Buddhism, and also to young and old people who are interested in knowing how to take a better care of their health, matching old wisdom and modern advancement in Medicine.
The lecture will be in English, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Dr. Campanella and Tsewang Jigme Tsarong.
This event is a collaboration between Buddha Pāda & the Himalayan Institute of Goodwill and Living Ethics (HIGLE), Crookety House, Kalimpong
About the Lecturers—
Dr. Giuseppe Campanella is an Italian neurologist. He taught at the University of Naples and is presently retired. In his presentation, he will describe and make comments about the outstanding features of the different sections of Buddha’s Discourse.
Tsewang Jigme Tsarong is born in Lhasa. He belongs to one of the most renowned Tibetan families. For his studies on Buddhist and Tibetan medicine, he was assigned by H.H. the Dalai Lama to organize the Medical Centre in Dharamsala, which was followed by many other centres in India. He is the author of the text on Buddha’s Discourse, that Dr. Campanella translated in Italian. He lives in Kalimpong.