Abstract

In Western medical ethics, compassion serves mainly to define the responsibilities and duties of medical professionals. In contrast, Eastern medical ethics consider developing compassion as a prerequisite in becoming a physician and recognise its curing effects. In the traditional medicine of Tibet and Mongolia, where Mahayana buddhism prevails, a physician is seen as an enlightened person who has been thoroughly trained in Buddhist philosophy. In order to become a physician, one should develop compassion, which is considered as a path to enlightenment. Compassion is not a characteristic but a skill used for therapeutic purposes, which should be mastered through training and meditation, stage by stage.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1793-9453
Print ISSN
1793-8759
Pages
pp. 302-306
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-29
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2017
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