Medicine Buddha Today

Article Published in The Journal of Religion and Health

Posted on Jun 2, 2020


Medicine Buddha: A Transdual Self-model Meditation to Support Healthcare Practitioners


There is increasing awareness of the deleterious effect of the current work demands on a wide range of health professionals and of the benefits of contemplative understandings and practices in modern, secular settings, and healthcare environments. Here, we examine the theory and practice of a traditional Buddhist practice, Medicine Buddha, within a framework of transduality as a way to illuminate and empower core mechanisms of healing to support healthcare practitioners in both self-care and patient care. By fostering appreciation of innate health and connection to others, this practice can support compassion, inspiration, resilience, and joy in life.