Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera
Faith healing -- a psychological approach.
practice of faith-healing is prevalent in many countries. Many people are
trying to influence the public through emotional persuasion designated as
faith-healing. In order to impress on their patients the efficacy of their
healing powers, some faith-healers use the name of a god or a religious
object to introduce a religious flavor into their faith healing methods.
The introduction of religion into faith-healing is actually a guise or a
decoy to beguile the patient into developing more devotion and enhance the
confidence or faith of the patient in the faith-healer. This healing act,
if performed in public is intended to get converts to a particular
In actual fact, in so far
as faith-healing is concerned, religion is not all that important. There
are numerous cases of faith-healers performing their faith-healing acts
without using religion at all. A case in point is the science of
hypnotism, the practice of which involves no religious aspects at all.
Those who associate religion with faith-healing are in a way engaging in a
subtle form of illusion trying to attract converts to their particular
religion by making use of faith healing and describing certain cures as
The methods employed by
faith healers are to condition the minds of patients into having a certain
mental attitude with the result that certain favorable psychological and
physiological changes invariably take place. This attracts the condition
of the mind, the heart, the consequent blood circulation and other related
organic functions of the body, thus creating a feeling of a sense of
well-being. If sickness is attributed to the condition of the mind, then
the mind can certainly be properly conditioned to assist in eradicating
whatever illness that may occur.
In this context, it is to
be noted that the constant and regular practice of meditation can help to
minimize, if not to completely eradicate, various forms of illnesses.
There are many discourses in the Teaching of the Buddha where it was
indicated that various forms of sicknesses were eradicated through the
conditioning of the mind. Thus it is worthwhile to practise meditation in
order to attain mental and physical well-being.
Page Contents Next
Study and Practice Group, http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Clubs/buddhism/
Layout: Chan Duc - Nguyen Thao
Update : 01-11-2002