Medicine in the Chinese Buddhist Canon

C. Pierce Salguero, Robban Toleno, William J. Giddings, Joshua Capitanio, Marcus Bingenheimer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-294
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Medicine
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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