Buddhist Meditation & Health

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Some believe that Dhyana practice (Can Chan or Da Zuo in Chinese) has the effect of helping people keep in good health, avert illness and attain longevity, Is it true?

In Buddhist meditation, there are certain ways to adjust posture and breath, to rest the mind and sit down in tranquility which have the positive effect of promoting good health, averting illness and attaining longevity. However, this is not the purpose of Buddhist Dhyana practice. Buddhist meditation (including contemplation of various schools) is aimed at concentration of the mind on one point, thoroughly understanding the truth, and finally manifesting wisdom and perceiving the nature of Dhammas. This is known as illuminating the mind (citta), receiving the true nature and obtaining freedom. As to sitting in quiet and Qigong, these are merely the form or base for practicing meditation, while keeping from illness and attaining longevity are merely the byproduct of dhyana practice. Buddhism does not particularly encourage these effects or set them as its goal. Nevertheless, it is necessary for the beginners of meditation to know these basic methods of adjusting postures and breath in order to keep the body and mind in a proper state and to avoid ailments arising from meditation practice. Only then can the smooth approach of the dhyana-contemplation be safeguarded. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

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