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Medicine in the Chinese Buddhist Canon

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Selected Translations

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The excerpts below were selected to introduce a number of disparate genres and types of discourses about healing, illness, and cure that are embedded within the Chinese Buddhist canon. They include an excerpt from a monastic disciplinary code concerning the storage of medicines, a scripture with a story of an encounter between a bodhisattva and a famous physician, a liturgy dedicated to a major healing deity, an author’s advice to doctors from a Buddhist perspective, and a devotional verse that plays on medical metaphors. Taken together, they indicate some of the diversity of perspectives and approaches of Buddhist materials and suggest the potential importance of often-overlooked Buddhist materials for the study of Asian medicine.

Affiliations: 1: Penn State University salguero@psu.edu ; 2: Columbia University rajtoleno@gmail.com ; 3: Independent scholar ; 4: wjgiddings@googlemail.com ; 5: Stanford University josh.capitanio@gmail.com ; 6: Temple University bingenheimer@temple.edu

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