Buddhism: perspectives for the contemporary world

Kathleen Gregory

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

Buddhism: perspectives for the contemporary world

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The aim of this chapter is to assist Western health practitioners to appreciate that the central concern of Buddhism is how to live well within the conditions that circumscribe our lives as human beings. Health is a concept in Buddhism that can be understood first, in relationship to the unavoidable sufferings and inevitability of sickness, ageing, and death; and secondly, in terms of developing a healthy attitude of mind characterized by understanding, mental stability, and compassion. To this end, the Four Noble Truths will be elucidated in relation to these factors. Furthermore, the fear of death is understood as natural and, in Buddhism, the importance of the living in dying is stressed in relation to developing a peaceful and calm state of mind.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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