Buddhism And Preserving Health By Qigong

Author: Song Tianbin
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029
Conference/Journal: 4th World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1998
Other: Pages: 214 , Word Count: 248

According to Buddhists, Buddhism has never related to Qigong, and there is no parlance of Buddhistical Qigong at all. However, some researchers who study Buddhism consider that 'meditation' with which Buddhists cultivate themselves according to the religious doctrine is actually a kind of Qigong. The doctrine of Buddhism emphasizes to do away with 'Wo Zhi' and 'Shen Zhi', and to realize 'all voidness' which means not to care anything. Unlike Taoism, which has ìXing Gong' and 'Ming Gong', Buddhists do not exercise Qigong on human body, but its mental adjusting is to some tune of 'Xing Gong'. Some exercises so-called 'San Tiao' in modern Qigong is borrowed from 'Tiao Wu Shi' in Tian Tai Zong.

That is to say: Cultivation in Buddhism is Conducted from Both Body and Mentality. The cultivation of Qigong includes not only the 'Jie', 'Ding' and 'Hui' of 'Small Vehicle' Buddhism, but also the 'Bu Shi', 'An Ren' and 'Jing Jin' of 'Great Vehicle' Buddhism. From the point of traditional Chinese medicine, the whole cultivation of Buddhism is the method of regulating the mentality and spirit, and good mood causes physical health. From the modern scientific point, this is another kind of mental adjusting, and it enriches the content of psychotherapy. Since people gain the mental balance, and reduce the mental pressure, they will have a good mood and physical health. This paper expatiates upon the relationship between Buddhism and preserving health by from how Buddhism frees people from vexations and develops people's intelligence.