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.
HirakawaAkira平川彰. 1982. Monastic Discipline for the Buddhist Nuns: An English Translation of the Chinese Text of the Mahāsāṃghika-Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya. Patna, India: Kashi Prasad Jayaswal Research Institute.
JosephsonJason Ānanda. 2010. “An Empowered World: Buddhist Medicine and the Potency of Prayer in Meiji Japan.” In Deus in Machina: Religion Technology and the Things in Between edited by JeremyStolow117–141. New York: Fordham University Press.