The heart of the Buddha’s teachings is the path to the end of suffering. The Buddha was often referred to as a great physician or healer, with the four noble truths acting as his prescription to alleviate suffering. 

Most of the teachings focus on the role of the mind in creating distress. But what did the Buddha have to say about physical health and disease? 

With illness being one of the main sources of suffering, Buddhist traditions worldwide have sought to address this central human problem for centuries, and Buddhist ideas, practices, and cultures have given rise to a robust body of healing knowledge practiced around the globe to this day.  

Join us on October 10 to explore the fascinating world of Buddhist medicine with Dr. Pierce Salguero, a Buddhism scholar, historian of medicine, and author of A Global History of Buddhism and Medicine. In this hour-long virtual event, he will discuss the emergence of Buddhist healing practices across cultures and its current practice around the world, and will share key Buddhist principles for seeking health and preventing disease. 

This event is free for Tricycle premium subscribers and $10 for general admission. Subscribe to Premium or upgrade your existing subscription for free access.

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Pierce Salguero

Dr. Pierce Salguero is a transdisciplinary scholar of health humanities with a focus on historical and contemporary intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and cross cultural exchange. He earned his Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently teaches Asian history, medicine, and religion at Penn State University’s Abington College. The major theme in his scholarship is discovering the role of Buddhism in the global transmission and local reception of knowledge about health, disease, and the body. He is the editor of a two-volume anthology of translations called Buddhism and Medicine, and the author of Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China and A Global History of Buddhism and Medicine.


  • Date: October 10, 2022
  • Time: 4-5 p.m. ET
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  • Price: Premium subscribers: Free // General admission: $10