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Epidemics and Plague in Premodern Chinese Buddhism
Buddhist scriptures describe the rise of epidemics as a cosmological inevitability and prescribe a variety of methods for preventing and treating epidemic diseases, which focus mainly on purifying
Sanskrit and Pseudo-Sanskrit Incantations in Daoist Ritual Texts
Buddhist and Daoist ritual specialists occupied similar niches within the social and religious spaces of premodern Chinese society, coexisting and sometimes competing for resources, patronage, and
14. Religious Ritual
Evidence for Their Impact on Health and Longevity
This paper examines the effects of meditation, mindfulness, taijiquan, and qigong. I review the most recent and rigorous scientific research to document the impact of these practices on outcomes