From the Perspective of Buddhism, is the Mind the Creator of Sickness and Health? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question:

From the Perspective of Buddhism, is the Mind the Creator of Sickness and Health?

Response:

From where does the mind arise if not the body? Sickness and health can be abetted by the mind, but to say the mind creates a virus, or cancer, or a mental illness just doesn’t make sense.

The mind is the creator of “me”, but there is always more to “me” than any construction the mind could muster. To ascribe creation of everything to the mind is just another path to suffering.

Health means wholeness. Taking a view that excludes the physical causes of illness is ignoring part of the truth. That is of course, contrary to wholeness.

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