For those interested in Tibetan Buddhism and its teachings, you may also I’ve heard of the Medicine Buddha.
The Medicine Buddha, is also known as the great physician or great healer.
Like any good physician, the Medicine Buddha diagnosed the problem & prescribed the cure. But this cure wasn’t in the form of outside medicine designed to alleviate the problem inside. The medicine Buddha started work on the inside, detecting the root of the problem, and cutting it before it could grow. The root of life’s problems almost always originate from the mind.
Over the past few years, as a Buddhist I’ve been asked many questions about addiction & attachment.
Addiction doesn’t just refer to drugs, alcohol or prescribed medication. We may become addicted to almost anything in life – including life itself.
What many don’t realise, is the Tibetan Buddhist Eightfold path can be used as a program of recovery from addiction.
This being said, we shouldn’t look at the path as a rigid process because each step feeds into the other (the nature of interdependence)
For example; right action may lead to right understanding etc.
So think about your own addiction or attachment for a moment – whether drugs, alcohol, food, money, work -whatever it is.
Now look at the 8 fold path as the ultimate life saver.
Over the next 8 days, I’ll be discussing each step and what it means in terms of addiction or attachment.
So let’s start with the first step RIGHT UNDERSTANDING.
1-Right understanding – In the context of addiction, this step is all about observing, realising & acknowledging the nature of your addiction.
So I guess the question is what do you truly understand about your own addiction?
Please let me know what you thought