Buddhism teaches that illness is one of the four sufferings which cannot be completely avoided in life, whether directly or through the experiences of close family or friends.
Buddhism takes a holistic approach to the treatment of sickness, stressing both the importance of finding the best and most appropriate medical treatment and care, and also that using our Buddhist practice will enable us to summon the energy and courage needed to fight our illness.
Often facing illness can lead us to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the profound principles of Buddhism, and we find that it is possible to create something valuable out of the experience.
As Nichiren wrote:
"Life is the most precious of all treasures. Even one extra day of life is worth more than ten million ryo of gold."
From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
- Lyla Cansfield created a brilliant new career for herself as a result of having to confront serious illness Lyla Cansfield, UK
- Paola Ciuffoletti Furunovic describes how her Buddhist practice gives her strength not to be defeated by depression Paola Ciuffoletti Furunovic, Serbia
- After her husband was diagnosed with MS, Sandy Evans felt hopeless and disempowered, but through her encounter with Buddhism was able to regain hope and find happiness Sandy Evans, Australia
- Raymond Tan Kim Teck's describes how he was able to overcome a life threatening illness with the power of faith and triumph over obstacles in his workplace Raymond Tan Kim Teck, Singapore
"Suffering is the fuel of wisdom, and it opens the way to happiness. Illness, for example, can help us gain insight into the meaning of life, develop a deeper appreciation of life's value and dignity and ultimately enjoy a more fulfilling existence."
"Health is not simply the absence of illness. Real health is the will to overcome every form of adversity and use even the worst of circumstances as a springboard for new growth and development. Simply put, the essence of health is the constant renewal and rejuvenation of life."
"Is health a state where one's body is simply free of disease? Good health is mustering a robust attitude to aggressively combat any malicious threats to our well-being. It is in this unyielding resolve to fight, challenge, create and ceaselessly advance that we find the basis of true human health."
For more quotes go to: http://www.ikedaquotes.org/health-illness