7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Institute for Traditional Medicine
553 Queen St W
A public lecture, co-sponsored by the Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies, will be held on Monday May 14th hosted at the Institute for Traditional Medicine, 553 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6
Healing through Dhāraṇī in Tantric Buddhism with Dr. Bajracharya
Throughout the history of Buddhism precise formulas of sacred images, words and sounds known as dhāraṇī’s have been recited, visualized, worn and even consumed for physical and mental and healing and prevention. While the use of dhāraṇīs were also popular prior to the advent of tantric Buddhism, Dr. Bajracharya will discuss the history, theory and contemporary practice of dhāraṇī in Newar Vajrayana Buddhism and how it is linked to alternative concepts of medicine which consider, empathy, the subtle body and concentration fundamental to healing processes. He will also give a traditional reading of dhāraṇī practice to participants who will be invited to participate in the meditative and psycho-physical process of utilizing dhāraṇī for the benefit of self and others. Dr. Bajracharya, will be providing us with an introduction to the perspective this ancient form of healing which he suggests may enrich various approaches to the practice of traditional medicine and our understanding of “how healing works”.