Zorba Paster on Buddhism and Medicine

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01.19.2012

Like a lot of family physicians, Zorba Paster spends his days seeing patients with everything from diabetes to ear infections. He’s also a practicing Buddhist who volunteers his time and medical services in Northern India, with a community of Tibetan exiles.  He’s also a personal physician to the Dalai Lama. Paster told Anne Strainchamps how his spiritual life shaped his medical practice.

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About the Dalai Lama I was kind of put off the other day when I heard on TTBooks how each time before he goes to his routine check - up in the Mayo Clinic two doctors, a Western and an Eastern one, check out the quality of heart of each physician who will see him! To see if the physician is worthy of the Dalai Lama. I am very much inclined to Buddhist ideas. I like the Dalai and much of what he says and stands for. A friend of mine in Laos sustains, the Dalai just sucks up poor peoples`money.

Seemed a bit decadent to me this with two doctors checking out the Mayo Clinic for good human hearts just for the Dalai and this does cost money, of course. The woman who did the interview laughed and said: I wish two doctors would do that for me each time I have to go and see one!

Exactly! If you are really humble do you need that? Wouldn`t you imagine that your pure heart opens the one of any doctor and if not, well so be it!

I think the Dalai Lama says that he is a simple monk.....He would never describe himself as "humble" though others might describe him that way.

from a Buddhist

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