Health-a Buddhist Perspective by Chogyam Trungpa 

“Our basic work is to become full human beings and to inspire full human-beingness in others who feel starved about their lives. When we say a full human being, we mean a person who not only eats, sleeps, walks, and talks but someone who also experiences a basic state of wakefulness. It might seem to be very demanding to define health in terms of wakefulness but wakefulness is actually very close to us. We can experience it. We are touching it all the time. Although the usual dictionary definition of health is, roughly speaking, free from sickness, we should look at health as something more than that.

According to the Buddhist tradition, people inherently possess buddha nature, that is they are basically and intrinsically good. From this point of view, health is intrinsic. Health comes first, sickness is secondary. Health is. So being healthy is being fundamentally wholesome, with body and mind synchronized in a state of being which is indestructible and good. A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves. When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself.”

-Chogyam Trungpa (painting by Beth Nicholas)


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