Can Buddhism cure mental illness?


Monks, there are two diseases, physical and mental. Among these, there are people who are healthy for a year, two, three, four, thirty, forty, fifty or even a hundred years without suffering from physical diseases. But it is difficult to find people who are not afflicted by mental illnesses even for a single moment, except the Arahats. (Anguttara Nikaya, Chatukka Nipata, Roga Sutra)

There is no doctor born in the world who is as skilled as the Buddha to cure the disease of the mind. The Buddha recognized the impurities in the human mind and gave the appropriate medicine. He met Sela Bamuna and said, Bamuna, I am Sambuddha. I am also the greatest surgeon. Said at one point. (Sutta Nipata - Sela Sutra)

Scholars have conducted various researches on Buddhism. But little effort has been made so far to put the way of life included in Buddhism into practical use and make human lives successful. This article tries to point out what kind of refuge can be obtained from the Buddha's time for the man who is becoming deformed day by day. When thinking in terms of this purpose, Buddhism can be introduced as a psychotherapeutic method and as a religion based on guidance and counselling.

Buddhism treats man's mind and body. In particular, it shows what to do to prevent the occurrence of various mental and physical diseases. When we hear the word mental illness, the concepts of madness and madness naturally come to our mind. But in psychological research, the abnormal nature of our existence and behaviour is known as mental illness. There may also be problems with what constitutes an abnormality.

The abnormality or abnormality of any existence is determined by ethical or moral standards. According to psychology, mental illness is known as abnormal behaviour and it can be identified as mental problems, behavioural anomalies, and personality disorders. Buddhism acknowledges that man suffers from mental deficiency and suffers from mental disorders. (Sabbay Puthujjana Ummattaka)

Due to man's pursuit of pleasure or desire, he becomes a slave to desire and becomes unsatisfied.

According to Western psychology, various causes of mental illness have been proposed. Germs entering the brain, chemical changes, nervous and physical crises etc. can be indicated. According to Buddhism, mental illnesses occur in humans due to internal urges such as Loba, Dosa, and Moha.

Cravings are the basis of mental illness. Covetousness creates attachments. Greed operates as kama, bhava, potentiality. Due to greed, we are tempted to commit various crimes with evil dharma such as revenge and hatred. Buddhism has shown that the human mind, which is stimulated by greed and guided by things like greed, guilt and delusion, has fallen under the spell of death.In this way, man becomes a slave to greed, loses his lightness and chases after happiness, and finally becomes unsatisfied and unsatisfied, which causes all mental illnesses.

This kind of dissatisfaction is called 'suffering' in Buddhism. These facts have spread today in all sections of the population. Every human being has reached this state without distinction. But instead of introducing it with the word 'sadness', they show it with 'Asahaya'.

Emotions are a common feature of many mental illnesses. (Emotions) Man becomes restless due to these impulses. Here are some of the emotions that stir the human heart according to Buddhism. Greed, anger, rage, hatred, jealousy, virtue, hardness, suspicion, avarice, restlessness, flattery, cunning, arrogance, drunkenness and delay etc.

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