Rime Buddhist Center
Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies
"Achieving Peace Through Compassion"
700 West Pennway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Lama Chuck Stanford
The following is Lama Chuck's monthly
column that appeared in the Kansas City Star
newspaper on October 9, 2004.
QUESTION: "Do you believe miraculous
healing of the body can take place
ANSWER: I think all of us have either heard of someone
or have known
who has experienced a miraculous cure. The difference
depends on whom or
what you attribute the miraculous cure to. Those from
would most likely attribute the cure to God, while those
non-theistic religions would probably attribute the cure
The interesting thing to note is that you find miraculous
cures across all
cultural and faith traditions. So this leads us to conclude
cures are not dependent on only one faith or belief.
have shown that intercessory prayer has a decidedly positive
are directed toward those who are ill.
In Tibetan Buddhism there is a type of spiritual practice
Buddha" which is similar in some respects to intercessory
differences are that Medicine Buddha practice is directed
person who is ill,
rather than to God. And, more importantly, we try not
to be attached to
outcome of a cure. We recognize there is a difference
between a cure and
healing. Many times there is no cure if we lose a
limb or suffer a
illness, but that doesn't mean we can't heal. Regardless
of our current
it is always possible for us to heal.
So changing our view through visualization or meditation
may not be able
to "cure" our illness but it can change how we
relate to that illness. And
can make all the difference.
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