Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China

@article{Salguero2013FieldsOM,
  title={Fields of Merit, Harvests of Health: Some Notes on the Role of Medical Karma in the Popularization of Buddhism in Early Medieval China},
  author={C. Pierce Salguero},
  journal={Asian Philosophy},
  year={2013},
  volume={23},
  pages={341 - 349}
}
  • C. Salguero
  • Published 16 September 2013
  • Medicine
  • Asian Philosophy
One of the most significant philosophical doctrines of Buddhism, and an idea that has remained at the centre of its theory and practice in virtually all historical times and places, is karma. The motivations for being involved in the accumulation of karmic merit in early medieval China were diverse, but one frequently mentioned goal was the health of the physical body. This brief article examines several facets of the relationship between karma and well-being, providing a few examples of the… 
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