Modern Buddhist Healing: A Spiritual Strategy for Transforming Pain, Dis-ease, and Death

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In 1987 Charles Atkins was struck with Hodgkin's disease and underwent the ravages of chemotherapy. Throughout his illness he used his Buddhist training and the power of the mantra nam-myoho-renge-kyo to carry him through the cancer treatments and allay his fears of death and doubts for recovery. During his stays in the hospital, he took every possible opportunity to comfort other cancer patients. His survival inspired him to share the healing techniques he has learned with ...
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In 1987 Charles Atkins was struck with Hodgkin's disease and underwent the ravages of chemotherapy. Throughout his illness he used his Buddhist training and the power of the mantra nam-myoho-renge-kyo to carry him through the cancer treatments and allay his fears of death and doubts for recovery. During his stays in the hospital, he took every possible opportunity to comfort other cancer patients. His survival inspired him to share the healing techniques he has learned with others.

In this book, Atkins introduces us to the Buddhist master Nichiren (1222-1281) and the healing teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha as laid out in the Lotus Sutra. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is an old mantra that has accumulated a great deal of power from centuries of countless individuals focusing their highest intents while chanting it. He explains how nam-myoho-renge-kyo can be used to "undo" karma that has damaged our health. Methods for chanting while visualizing abound in this book. His example, along with that of many others struggling with diseases as diverse as fibromyalgia, diabetic ulcers, high blood pressure, and mental illness, provides a beacon of hope for those facing illness. Atkins's book shows that with hope, faith, and prayer nothing is impossible.

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In 1987, at age 36, Atkins was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin's disease, a life-threatening, virulent cancer. This book is his manual for how prayer, particularly meditation and chant, can ameliorate physical conditions such as fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetic ulcers and even coma. It is also a compelling chronicle of Atkins's own saga and near-death vision. Atkins, though, is no health renegade. He straightaway, repeatedly and responsibly advises "get the best medical treatment available. Proper diagnosis from a qualified physician is the first and foremost step." Atkins also quickly details, however, that individuals can use healing dimensions to complement traditional Western-style medicine. For him the Buddhist Lotus Sutra's mantra "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo," advanced by 13th-century Japanese master Nichiren Daishonin, is an extraordinarily powerful tool, especially when supplemented by healing visualizations. Simply, this mantra enables immediate access to our already enlightened nature and is directly applicable to specific regions of the body. To build a proper foundation for this approach, Atkins furnishes a clear explanation of karma with a reach broader than popular, simple notions. Making powerful links to other traditions by equating the Holy Spirit, prana, chi, kundalini and life force, Atkins also notes that such chanting does not conflict with other religious practices. By no means a book just for Buddhists, at best this work can empower anyone who is ill and suffering, for it champions chanting and meditation as forms of prayer. As Atkins observes, "All may enter with a prayer; no one is denied access." (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892540624
  • Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 1,398,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    This is IT

    I recently just happened to be in a bookstore recently when Mr. Atkins was discussing his book and experiences. I always have my "B.S. meter" on full alert...suffice to to say that this is book not religious froo-froo or dogmatic salesmanship. The principles that he teaches here make sense for anyone and apparently work too. I'm impressed. If you buy it, Modern Buddhist Healing can change your life for the better on every level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    The Best Medicine

    This book is exactly what many people are seeking right now. Atkins teaches clearly how to use our own potential for healing. His own personal experience is added to illustrate the truth in his message. Many patients feel that their ailment overshadows their individual value and humanity. They may feel like an ambulatory medical chart in a clinical setting. Thus the tremendous popularity and demand for alternative therapies that focus on total beings instead of sickness. Alternative medicine is a rapidly expanding field in the U.S., gaining in momentum and acceptance by more average Americans every year. Western medicine typically attributes causes of illness to physical realities while Eastern medicine considers life energy and the mind; the merging of these two diverse approaches is the future of medicine. Atkins believes that regardless of an individual's belief system, there are methods to incorporate prayer into treatment that actively include and empower the patient in their own healing process. Modern science has made considerable strides in the understanding of psychosomatic illness and is beginning to accept the reciprocal influence the body and mind have on each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    Great book on how to use faith to cure any disease

    I really liked this book- mind blowing. An easy read with lots of depth. try the chant "Nam Myo Ho Renge kyo" he suggests- it made me feel great- very positive and enrgetic and my best self.

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