Call us at
Jenny Dinh, D.Ayur, Ph.D Ayur, M.H., C.M.T.,
P.K.S., Chinese Master Herbalist,
Acupuncture in Berkeley
Download MS Word Brochure on the
Center (1 MB)
College of Buddhist Ayurveda
Download MS Word Brochure on the
Questions for a
Balancing Vata Dosha
Articles in MS Word:
Vata-Pitta Diet (105K) (Same as Pitta-Vata)
Pitta Diet (152K)
Pitta-Kapha Diet (1.2MB)
(Same as Kapha-Pitta)
Kapha Diet (691K)
Tridosha Mandala - Vata, Pitta, Kapha Seasons and Mantras
Vata-Pitta-Kapha Guna Summary (225K)
Ama -- Toxins and Ayurveda (685k)
Ojas - Immunity, Energy, Patience, Compassion, and
Constipation Colon Health
Sattva-Rajas-Tamas of Food - Spiritual Perspectives (124K)
Kitchari for Vata
Ayurvedic Daily Routine
Meditation - Stress Management Guidelines
Meditation Not Working As Expected (117K)
Ayurveda Panchakarma Cleansing and
Ayurveda & Technology:
Genetic Engineering, Computers, TV
and Detox Massage
and Office Hours
Laughter as Medicine
Ayurvedic Audios and
Video Lectures by Michael
Declarations, Informed Consent
Dedication of Merit
Ayurvedic Dictionary Glossary Encyclopedia
Weekly Ayurveda Classes:
In Berkeley. Classes taught by Rev.
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer), D.Ayur at the
. Michael previously served on the faculty of the
in New Mexico.
NOTE: Must please R.S.V.P. at for the specific dates
and topics -
do not just drop in at the Monastery - you must confirm in advance your
E-mail: Not Available for Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, please CALL us
instead at . To understand
why we don't offer e-mail access to all practitioners, click
here to understand the Buddhist Ayurveda perspective on
Computers, Television and
Each class is a separate seminar covering different Asian
healing arts concepts on Ayurvedic Psychology, Ayurvedic Medicine including herbs and therapies it is not necessary to attend the
previous classes in order to understand and benefit from the teaching.
Classes based on Dr. Lad's
Textbook of Ayurveda
and on the
Shurangama Sutra. (For
more details on the classes, click
The purpose of the Medicine Buddha Healing Center is to strengthen
the health and happiness of the people of the San Francisco Bay Area and
Mendocino area by teaching and
practicing the time-honored healing wisdom of traditional East Indian Ayurvedic Medicine,
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Tibetan Medicine and Vedic Jyotish
Ayurveda involves the study of living life to promote an
optimal sense of well-being. It was developed through the meditation
practices and insights of yogic and
spiritual individuals several thousand
years ago in India. Yet, it maintains great value and significance for us
today, around the world.
The healer who regards kindness to humanity
supreme religion and treats his patients accordingly,
succeeds best in achieving his aims of life and obtains the
-- from Charaka,
honored 2nd century B.C. Ayurvedic Physician
Chinese Medicine with several prominent teachers, he also encourages
his clients at the Medicine Buddha Healing Center and at the Ayurveda
Healing Arts Institute to follow the advice of his other
Patch Adams, M.D. of the Gesundheit! Institute. Dr. Patch
suggests a daily dosage of the following:
"Bringing fun, friendship, spirituality and
the joy of service back into healthcare."
The First Practice of the Bodhisattva
Paramita) - Benefiting Others
As a Buddhist Dharma Center
and Institute, we prefer to offer
all of our Ayurveda classes and Ayurvedic healing services on a suggested donation basis
(called dana paramita in Indian Sanskrit),
rather than ask for a fixed sum.
This means that our ministry (Medicine Buddha
Healing Center) and its school (Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute) relies on
donations for all expenses. So that dana paramita (the
perfection of the practice of giving) may take root here in the West, we
ask your reflection on this fundamental Buddhist-Yogic practice.
From the time of the Buddha (550 B.C.), the practice of Dharma
(teaching and healing) has traditionally happened within a field of
generosity. We believe that Dharma practice unfolds best for
everyone concerned when the teaching-healing and the support for the
teaching- healing are given freely. We follow the generous
Bodhisattva spirit of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Venerable Ajahn
Sumedho, Venerable Lama Zopa,
Dr. Patch Adams, and
Dr. Vasant Lad, who have inspired our both our format of giving and
our teachings - healing practices.
We agree with and emulate Patch Adams'
Bodhisattva spirit of Dana Paramita when he said:
"Greed is one of society’s worst malignancies, and it appears to have
metastasized to every corner of the earth. The sense that greed is
incurable may well account for its escalation. Certainly one of greed’s
most devastating symptoms is cynicism. Unless greed and its symptoms are
excised, society will perish.
We believe that a society must care for its
population enough to take care of its needs. Treatment of disease and
provision for health care are fundamental to a society’s sound survival.
These needs should be fulfilled as a gift to its population, not as a
commodity to be bought and sold. In a profit-oriented system devoted to
grabbing the most income the traffic will bear, the goal will be disease
care. In a service-oriented system devoted to keeping the population at its
healthiest, the goal will be disease prevention. The Gesundheit Institute
will never charge money for its medical services. If it is to survive, its
staff, patients, and friends will cooperate and donate everything needed for
it to flourish as a community hospital.
We hope to eliminate the factor
of debt entirely from the healing interaction. Although this leaves us
vulnerable to the wishes of the greater community, paradoxically, we believe
that vulnerability is our greatest strength. We believe it is
imperative to need the community we serve because the community also needs
us. This is basic to interdependence, which we feel is necessary
for a healthy society.
We must, as individuals and as a free society,
stop our worship of things and wealth and put our sense of richness in
things everybody can have in abundance without excluding anyone. These
riches include faith, fun, and the breathtaking bounty of nature and
friendship. This kind of medicine cannot be bought or sold. By not charging
patients… we are freer to be silly and to build friendships. We also believe
that not charging money is very good malpractice insurance. We hope that our
patients will take the generosity with them when they leave and spread it in
their own communities. This is the heart of our social revolution: to
take the most expensive service in America and give it away for free."
What is an appropriate amount of dana
paramita? We do not charge a fixed amount (but we do have some
suggested guidelines) in order to allow each person to answer that
question from her/his own heart and circumstances. Our practitioners
view dana paramita in this way: "Dana paramita is a gift to
ourselves because it is an opportunity to give freely. Giving and
receiving are really part of the same whole."
practical considerations may be of use and interest to
actualize the practice of generosity at the Medicine Buddha
Healing Center and the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute.
Many of our main faculty teachers and practitioners are giving freely of their time, energy,
commitment to the Dharma.
The Vajra Sutra
Are Like Dreams,
Illusions, Bubbles, Shadows,
Like Dew Drops And A
Contemplate Them Thus."
Venerable Buddhist Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua of the
City of Ten
Thousand Buddhas (p. 201):
"Everything is conditioned
dharma." Conditioned means temporary and caused by something
else. Dharmas refers to all living beings, all things, and all
"Eating, wearing clothes,
walking, standing, sitting, lying down, running a business—all
activities are “conditioned dharmas.” Those are examples of
external conditioned dharmas.
"There are also the Five
Skandhas" of forms, feelings-sensations,
thoughts-cognition-recognition, activities, and consciousness,
"which are all conditioned dharmas.
The four principal
elements: earth (kapha), water (kapha-pitta), fire (pitta) and
wind (vata) are also all conditioned dharmas.
All those dharmas, whether
external or internal, are like dreams, illusions, bubbles,
If everything is like
dew drops and a lightning flash, like dreams, illusions,
bubbles or shadows, then what can obstruct?
There are no
obstructions, and so there is no fear.
The Heart Sutra says,
“When there are no impediments, there is no fear.” With no
fear, “Upside-down dreamlike thoughts are left far behind.”
This Site is Dedicated to
All Living Beings in the Universe:
The Ayurveda, Jyotish and Chinese
Medicine Acupuncture Practitioners of the Medicine Buddha Healing Center,
Vipashina Buddha Ministry and the professors of the
Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute humbly
dedicate the merit and virtue of their Bodhichitta Paramita healing work
to all living beings so that they may realize ultimate enlightenment
and have the blessing of always meeting up with
Good and Wise Advisors.
The One (No Duality)
Returns to Zero (Actuality)
Zero is Empty,
Zero is Eternal, Infinite, Real, Actual...
If you contemplate the Zero, you can be enlightened
“When numbers are
destroyed, there are no such designations as the Middle Way or
as confusion and enlightenment; this is called the Level of
Being First in the World."
Master Hua, in his
Shurangama Sutra Commentary, Volume 8, 2002: p. 68 states:
“When numbers are
destroyed”: At the tenth transference, the boundaries of the
Dharma Realm (universe) are destroyed. Now all numbers and
boundaries are destroyed. What is meant? It’s the same as a
zero. I’ve talked about zero before. It is the absence of
numbers. At that point “there are no such designations as the
Middle Way or as confusion and enlightenment.”
total and the light brilliant. There are no designations
because it’s a situation that’s like zero.
that can be said about zero. Zero means the absence of
everything. And yet everything outside the zero is contained
The zero is the
mother of all things. But it is not designated as a mother,
because there isn’t anything there.
what I’m saying right now is enlightenment.
There isn’t any
confusion; there isn’t any enlightenment. Why isn’t there any
confusion? Because he is not confused. Why isn’t there any
enlightenment? He’s already enlightened; what further
enlightenment could there be?
For there to be no confusion and no enlightenment is zero.
All the mountains,
the rivers, the great earth, the plants, and all the myriad
appearances come forth from it."
Ayurveda in Berkeley,
Walnut Creek, San Rafael,
and San Francisco
East Indian and Tibetan
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
for San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek,
Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara, Marin, Santa Rosa
Co-Founder and Co-Director:
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer,
D.Ayur, Ph.D. Ayurveda
Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner,
Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Ayurveda, Pastoral Counselor,
Ordained as a
Tibetan Buddhist Practitioner (former novice Buddhist Monk Losang Jinpa for 3.5 years - now a lay-person)
Call him (No
e-mail available for Michael)
(1) - 7 Days a Week - 10 AM to 8 PM.
Michael completed a
Apprenticeship with Ayurvedic Doctor
Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc.,
1900 patient consultations and served on the faculty of
Dr. Lad's Ayurvedic Institute and serves on the faculty
of the Ayurveda Healing Arts
Institute in Berkeley. Michael has served more than 6000
patients in his 12 year Ayurvedic healing career. Now a lay
practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, a Buddhist practitioner
Upasaka for more than
12 years, with 3.5 years spent training in meditation as a novice
Tibetan monk, he is inspired to dedicate his life to "relentless joyful service" (Seva) on the Ayurveda healing path. He is available for joint
consultations with his colleague and protégé practitioner
Jenny Dinh, D.Ayur, Ph.D.
Having returned from his
Retreat, Michael is now available for Ayurvedic-Chinese Herbal Consultations which
conducted jointly in Berkeley at either our Telegraph Avenue - Dwight Way
area clinic (between Blake St. and Parker St. on Chilton Way) or our
University and Shattuck area downtown Berkeley
clinic with either Michael and/or Jenny - call now to book an appointment at
Michael's Ayurveda mentor Dr. Lad says that "herbs are
only 5% of the cure". Thus, Michael has long vowed to perfect
the skills of being a Monk healer who can cure and prevent
"dis-eases" by pointing-out and removing the causes of the afflictions of
living beings: 1. vata greed, 2. pitta hatred, and 3. kapha
All suffering (in body, feelings-emotions, mind, actions, and
consciousness) is caused by the "monkey mind" and its con-fused attachment
to sensations, feelings-thoughts of windy desire (vata space-air), of fiery anger
(pitta fire-water), and of muddled
(kapha water-earth) confusion (confusion is the denying of cause and effect - karma).
Serving since 1996
as an "herb doctor", now in his 43rd year, Michael practices Ayurveda
along with Dharma in the
Tibetan Lamrim path, Vipassana
Chan meditation. After all, Ayurveda says
“Herbs are only 5% of the cure.
95% of the cure is wise understanding and self-discipline" in:
1. Proper Sleep (not too much or too little),
2. Proper Diet-Nutrition (locally-grown, fresh, seasonal, primarily
plant-based whole natural [toxin-free, pesticide-free,
non-Genetically-Modified-Organism GMO] foods according to the constitution
3. Daily Exercise
(Yoga, Tai Qi, Aikido, Qi Gong, walking, hiking,
swimming, devotional bowing-prostrations or any regular exercise that
makes you sweat (to release toxins via the skin) for at least 30 minutes
4. Daily Meditation (Vipassana
Chan - time-proven "stress management" and prevention
technique) - the only bad meditation is the day you don't "sit" to
(purity-heartedness - virtue, which means
for monks-nuns-yogis, or at least self-control of
sexuality for lay persons - don't overindulge your senses, protect your ojas immunity, and yours and other's
relationship commitments and vows),
Download Brochure (MS Word 8.5 x 11 Letter-Sized) on the the Medicine Buddha
Healing Center (1 MB)
Download Brochure (MS Word Legal-Sized) on the the Medicine Buddha
Healing Center (1 MB)
Download MS Word Brochure on the Ayurveda Healing
Arts Institute (1 MB)
Who Are We?
As a non-profit 501(c)3 religious organization,
Medicine Buddha Healing Center’s main aim is to preserve the rich and
ancient physical-psycho-spiritual healing traditions of East Indian
Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, and Tibetan Medicine and impart this
time-tested wisdom to younger generations here in the San Francisco Bay
Area (Berkeley - Walnut Creek - East Bay, San Rafael - Marin, San
Francisco - Oakland, Santa Clara - San Jose - Silicon Valley) and the rest of the
We are a network of kindred Indo-Tibetan Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture Practitioners joined
together to provide traditional Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Traditional
Chinese Medicine and acupuncture treatments including Pancha
Karma purification / cleansing massage, herbal remedies, dietary and nutrition
counseling, Yoga and meditation, Jyotish Vedic astrology, spiritual
counseling and lifestyle health recommendations.
As a Dharma Center, in spirit of
giving (dana paramita), we offer all of our healing services on a
sliding scale suggested donation basis.
Through your support we in turn "pay it forward" and support the spread of
Dharma (healing wisdom teachings) in the world via the
Sangha (renunciate mendicant practitioners - cultivators).
Our Kindred Healing Team
of Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and
Chinese Medicine Practitioners:
Rev. Jenny Dinh, Ayurvedic Chinese Master Herbalist Ayurvedic Massage Therapist Partner,
D.Ayur, Ph.D., M.H., C.M.T., P.K.S.
Ayurvedic - Chinese Medicine Practitioner -
Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner
(1) - For Ayurvedic Massage or for Chinese Herbal
Consultations in San Francisco and Berkeley.
A bright pitta-vata-type individual Jenny has studied with
Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute and with
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur,
Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute for
more than 1800 hours and has seen more than 1300 patients. Jenny has
studied Chinese Medicine for more than 2500 hours, and in New Mexico she completed her advanced Gurukula
internship with Dr. Lad having studied over 1000 hours of Ayurveda at the
A level 6 graduate of the
Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute (Ph.D), Jenny also has a
Clinical Ayurvedic Herbalist (CAH) Certificate (750 hours - 50
Trimester Units over 3 years), and a Pancha Karma Specialist Certificate (700 hours). Jenny has a
Certificate (1800 hours), a Doctorate Degree in Ayurvedic Science (3200
hours) and has completed the coursework for her Master of Science in
Traditional Chinese Medicine at ACCHS in Oakland.
Along with Michael, Jenny assists
Distance Learning Program of
the Ayurveda Healing Arts
Institute and serves on its faculty. As a student of
Chinese healing arts
Jenny offers sliding scale herbal and dietary consultations to those
in need, and free of charge to those who are
Rev. Manu Kalia, Clinical Ayurvedic Herbalist and Ayurvedic Massage Therapist Partner, D.Ayur,
BS, MPT, CAH, P.K.S.
Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner -
Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner, Physical Therapist
(1) - For Ayurvedic Massage or for Ayurvedic Herbal
Consultations in Oakland - Piedmont.
A very compassionate relaxed kapha-like individual Manu is
a full time
California State Licensed Physical Therapist. Manu has studied with
Rev. Michael Reid Kreuzer for more than 750 hours and has seen more than 500 patients
with Michael since early 2005. In New Mexico he completed advanced
Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute. A level 2 graduate of
the Ayurveda Healing Arts
Institute, Manu has a
Clinical Ayurvedic Herbalist (CAH) Certificate (750 hours - 50
Trimester Units over 3 years), and a Pancha Karma Specialist Certificate (700 hours).
He is member of the National Ayurvedic Medical
Association. He continues his advanced Clinical Apprenticeship
with Michael at Medicine Buddha Healing Center.
Manu is available for joint consultations with Michael on Mondays from
11 AM to 4 PM.
Dr. Tenzin Yangdon, B.T.M.S. (India), Ph.D Buddhist Tibetan Ayurveda,
Tibetan Ayurvedic Physician
Master Ayurvedic Herbalist,
Tibetan Ayurvedic Practitioner, Pastoral Counselor, Center Practitioner.
Please Call Us
(1) to book an appointment in her El Cerrito clinic - The
White Tare Healing Center
Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Thai and Chinese
We work with certified Oriental Bodyworkers (O.B.T.), Massage
Therapists (C.M.T.), Clinical Ayurveda Specialists (C.A.S), Pancha Karma Specialists
(P.K.S.) who have been trained in Panchakarma and Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation therapies.
These kindred practitioners continue their advanced clinical Ayurvedic studies in
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur,
Ph.D of the
Ayurveda Healing Arts
Institute. They specialize in all styles of Ayurvedic hands-on
massage therapy: 1 to 2 hour sessions include Abhyanga - Snehana (customized
organic herbal oil
massage), Nasya (herbal nose drops),
Shirodhara (warm herbal sesame oil over the third eye) and Svedana (steam
sweating therapy), Marma Chikitsa (Ayurvedic acupressure acupoint therapy) and
Ayurvedic lymphatic drainage. Warm herbal oil, essential oils and hot compresses
are used to clear blockages and congestion. We also offer Netra
Basti (herbal ghee eye treatment), Karna Purana (herbal oil ear drops), Ear-candling,
(3 to 5 day cleansing-rejuvenation therapies) in concert with
Michael, or with
and/or Natalie Gougeon.
Mr. Ragu Padmanabhan,
D.Ayur, C.A.H.S. and
Ms. Nisha Srinivasan, D.Ayur, C.A.H.S.
Moved Back to India with their baby boy Om:
Clinical Ayurvedic Herbalist
Yoga and Ayurveda Teachers,
Associate's Degree in Applied
Ayurvedic Science from Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute. 1200 hours
of training – highly knowledgeable in Ayurvedic herbology, Yoga and Vedic
spirituality. Founders of East Point: A Non-Profit Center for Eastern
Wisdom: Yoga, Spirituality and Ayurveda. This "dynamic duo" husband and
wife team are deeply involved with Seva service work for Charity Focus:
now live on their farm in India growing organic herbs:
(1) - For Ayurvedic Herbal
Consultations in the South Bay: San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo
Alto, Los Altos, Cupertino and Fremont - "We do house-calls!"
Pancha Karma Cleansing
Revitalization Massage at the Center:
Restore balance to your body, mind and spirit with the
ancient Indian rejuvenative treatments called
traditional Ayurvedic procedures for purification and revitalization
include oil massage, herbal steam treatment, shirodhara, constitutional
consultation, cleansing diet, herbal therapy, lifestyle education, yoga
and other therapies. We offer Pancha Karma in our clinic in San
Francisco or at
your home as a house-call. For more information click
here. Receive full Panchakarma in concert with Ayurvedic Physician Dr.
Bikash Bera, B.A.M.S. from India or with Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, Jenny Dinh
or Natalie Gougeon. .
What is Indo-Tibetan Ayurvedic Medicine?
ultimate purpose of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine is to give self-less
help (relentless joyful service - Seva) to ALL living beings to
realize liberation (Bodhi-Moksha) and cessation (nirodha) of
all suffering by 1. understanding, 2. preventing, 3. avoiding, and 4.
removing the causes (samudaya) of suffering (dukkha) using a
time-tested path and a clinically-proven method (Dharma marga).
For more than 1000 years, Ayurveda was
deeply influenced by the compassionate-wisdom path of Shakyamuni Buddha
(550 B.C.) and the Medicine Buddha (Akshobhya) and by the broadening
influence of the Silk-Road interchange with wandering
Indian-Chinese-Tibetan-Sri-Lankan-Burmese-Thai Buddhist Practitioners and
itinerant Chinese Taoist priests causing a rich hybrid cross-pollination
with Chinese Medicine. Ayurveda was founded on the Yoga-Veda-Vedanta
morality-ethical (yama-niyama) path and then broadened by the
Islamic-Sufi-Sikh Oneness path for almost 1000 years.
Ayurveda, which literally means "the science of life", is
the natural healing system used throughout India, Nepal, and Tibet and the
Himalayas. Ayurveda was originally known to have been first developed and
established 4000 years ago by the great sages who developed India's
original systems of meditation and Yoga. The study of Ayurveda includes
herbal medicine, dietetics, body work, exercise, life style counseling, psychology
and spirituality. It not only deals with medical science, but also with
the social, ethical, intellectual, and spiritual life of all living
Today, an estimated 300,000 Ayurvedic physicians practice
in India, often working closely with doctors trained in Western,
conventional medicine or in homeopathy. Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine practitioners teach
patients to understand their unique bodily constitutions and show them how
to use diet, massage, herbs, and lifestyle adjustments to harmonize body,
mind, and spirit.
While Michael is still
consultations, he is no longer offering
free clinic service work since Elephant went bankrupt in 2009.
Medicine Buddha Healing Center
Actively Supports The Following
Emulating monastics or aspiring to renunciate
vows as Bhikshus (Monks), Bhikshunis (Nuns), or Buddhist Yogis, our
teachers and practitioners trust that their livelihood needs will be met
and consultations offered by
the Center are by donation (see
left side bar). No one is ever turned
away due to lack of funds.
25% of the net proceeds of
the Medicine Buddha Healing Center and its
Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute and
Vipashina Buddha College are
donated to benefit the kindred
spiritual healing non-profit religious services (Seva) organizations below.
We humbly request our patients to give directly of their time and money to
these selfless service groups.
Among our Center's practitioners, we have
visited most of the following Monasteries, Nunneries and Dharma Centers and
organizations and had the good fortune to meet many of their inspiring teachers
who are primarily monastic Sangha members.
for 3.5 years
Michael studied and practiced meditation as an ordained novice
monk under the
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana under
Rinpoche as his root guru. Michael is now a lay person
practicing Ayurveda full time. To plant a "field of
blessings" in the pollination and sowing of the seeds of healing Dharma in the
West, our Center makes offerings of as much of our monetary proceeds,
medicinal herbs, time and
energy as we can afford to:
H.H. Dalai Lama
and Lama Zopa
Foundation for the Preservation of the
Mahayana Tradition (www.fpmt.org) and their
Nalanda Monastery (www.nalanda-monastery.eu) in
France, their Tse Chen Ling Center
for Tibetan Buddhist Studies (www.tsechenling.org) in San Francisco, and the
Land of the Medicine Buddha
in the beautiful Santa Cruz California Pacific coast redwood forest
Michael has returned from a 3 month summer 2009 retreat
visiting and volunteering free Ayurvedic consultations at
Nalanda Monastery in France.
Although now a layman, in his 40th year Michael
ordained as a
Buddhist Practitioner under
the Gelug tradition of
Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche via Geshe Jamphal as Preceptor
at Nalanda Monastery.
and Chan Master Hsuan Hua
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
(www.DRBA.org) and Dharma Realm Buddhist
University in Mendocino, the
worldwide Dharma Realm Buddhist Association,
their Buddhist Text Translation
Society (www.BTTSonline.org), their Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
and their Institute for World Religions.
This is where Michael initially studied Buddhism for 9 years
Buddhist Practitioner Longpor Sumedho and the
Amaravati Forest Monastery (www.amaravati.org) in
England, and his Dharma brothers - the Venerable monks
Ajahn Pasanno and
Ajahn Amaro of the
Mendocino California Abhayagiri
Forest Monastery of the
Longpor Ajahn Chah Thai Forest Theravada Vipassana meditative
California Vipassana Center
(www.mahavana.dhamma.org) for Meditation as taught by the Venerable
Upasaka S. N. Goenka.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It
was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for
universal ills, i.e., an Art of
Living. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation, an
Vipassana by Mr. Goenka is available.
regularly attend retreats here to go deeper into the meditative stillness
needed to be a good healer in the domain of Buddhist Ayurveda and Chinese
Ling Nunnery & International Retreat Centre for Women (www.gatsal.org). Venerable
English Nun Tenzin Palmo's (www.tenzinpalmo.com) special project; where young women from Tibet
and the Himalayan border regions could come together to study and practice
as nuns of Tibetan Buddhism.
Sakyadhita - International
Organization of Buddhist Women (www.sakyadhita.org). This non-profit is dedicated to the
welfare and concerns of Buddhist laywomen and nuns worldwide. They offer
an amazing insightful compilation of articles by well-known Buddhist Practitioners and nuns:
"Reflections for Westerners Considering Buddhist Monastic Ordination"
Nuns Project (www.tnp.org)
provides education and support to nuns and nunneries from all Tibetan
Buddhist lineages in India and Nepal. We are dedicated to 1. improving
standards of food, sanitation, medical care, and education in Tibetan
nunneries; 2. Working towards future self-sufficiency through
educational and training opportunities; 3. Training nuns to take
leadership and service roles within their communities; 4. Improving the
level and status of ordained Buddhist women; 5. Assisting recently
arrived refugee nuns from Tibet; 6. Continuing to establish further
facilities for Buddhist nuns. Tibetan Nuns Project was initiated under
the auspices of the Dept. of Religion and Cultural Affairs of H.H. the
Directed by the
Robina Courtin, this Tibetan Buddhist organization offers free
Buddhist books, prayers and practice booklets, practice items, video and
audio tapes of teachings to over 3,500 incarcerated individuals and
Buddhist study groups in over 500 prisons in the United States and the
Human Kindness Foundation
(www.HumanKindness.org) and its
Founded by Bo and Sita Lozoff, this non-profit stresses a way of life
based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all
religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to
personal spiritual practice.
Religions Initiative (www.URI.org)
A global community dedicated to promoting daily interfaith cooperation,
ending religiously motivated violence and creating cultures of peace,
justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
We are not affiliated in any way with any of the above Monasteries,
Nunneries and Dharma Centers and organizations although we support
monetarily and in spirit their selfless work.
Ayurveda Healing Arts
Vipashina Buddhist College
donates 25% of all proceeds from their Buddhist
Ayurvedic Distance Learning
Programs to the above non-profit religious service (Seva)
It is our hope that those who receive the
teaching - healing services of our Center and Institute will share with us
a heartfelt commitment to the deep practice of generosity. Please
support the groups above.
Generosity and Giving
Leads to Happiness
Self-less-ness - NO Self,
No-one, ALL ONE:
The Giver, the Gift, the Giving and the Receiver are ONE!
A verse from the Diamond Sutra helps one to
understand the Yogic - Buddhist Ayurveda concept of "sattvic" giving (pure
selfless anonymous generosity), as compared with "rajasic" (generosity
with name and fame and wanting to be noticed as "somebody" [some-BODY]),
and "tamasic" giving (generosity with both name-fame AND a selfish
manipulation or business deal-trade)
Paramita Sutra, Buddhist Text
Translation Society, 2002: Chapter 4, p. 57:
"Wonderful Conduct without Dwelling"
In the Diamond Cutter Scripture, (also called the
Diamond Wisdom Perfection Sutra or simply the Diamond Sutra),
Shakyamuni Buddha is dialoging with Subhuti, his disciple who is foremost
in Wisdom about the nature of the giver, the giving, the gift and the
“Moreover, Subhuti, as to dharmas, a Bodhisattva
should not dwell anywhere when he gives. He should not dwell in
forms when he gives, nor should he dwell in sounds, smells, tastes,
tangible objects, or dharmas (thoughts) when he gives. Subhuti, a
Bodhisattva should give thus: he should not dwell in marks. And why?
If a Bodhisattva does not dwell in marks when he gives, his blessings
and virtues are immeasurable.”
“Subhuti, is space in the east, south, west, north, or in the
intermediate directions, or above, or below, measurable?”
“No, World Honored One.”
“Subhuti, the blessings and virtue of a Bodhisattva who
does not dwell in marks when he gives are just as
immeasurable. Subhuti, a Bodhisattva should only dwell in
what is taught thus.”
Commentary by the
Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua of the
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
"To have no dwelling
is to have no attachment. No attachment is liberation. Therefore, not
dwelling, one is liberated, independent, and not blocked or obstructed by
Moreover, a Bodhisattva
should not dwell anywhere when he practices giving. In other words he
should not be attached when he gives. If he is able to free himself
from attachment, he has understood that the substance of the Three Wheels,
one who gives,
one who receives, and
that which is given, are all empty.
If your act of giving
carries with it the thought, “I practice giving and have done many
meritorious and virtuous deeds,” or if you are aware of the receiver, or
of the goods given, then you have not left the ‘mark’ of giving. You
should give and be as if you had not given. If you attach to the marks
of the six sense objects, forms, sounds, smells, tastes, tangible objects,
and mental dharmas (thoughts) when giving, your merit and virtue are
limited. If you fall victim to the thought, “I contributed a million
dollars to a certain temple,” then all you have is a million dollars’
worth of merit. When the money runs out, so do your merit and virtue.
If you are not
attached to the mark of giving, you accrue limitless merit and virtue,
even by giving as little as a single cent. If you fail to practice the
proper method of giving, then although you may give gifts throughout as
many great eons as there are particles of dust, you will still have
accomplished nothing. It still has been just like boiling sand to make
rice; no matter how long you cook it, it never becomes rice.
Shakyamuni Buddha used
the analogy of “empty space in the ten directions” to represent the extent
of merit and virtue involved in the act of giving which is detached from
the mark of giving. He said, “Subhuti, a Bodhisattva should only dwell in
what is taught thus.” A Bodhisattva who has already resolved to realize
Bodhi (enlightenment) should think of what he has thus been taught and
adhere to it in cultivation.” (Source:
Hua, p. 58)
"The giving of dharma (wisdom
teachings) is the most supreme kind of giving, and as such far surpasses
the giving of wealth" ("wealth" includes money, food, medicines, clothing,
shelter, or one's energy and time).
Hua, p. 58)
"The Vajra Sutra says a
Bodhisattva (saintly or sagely being) should leave all marks in order to
realize Anuttarasamyaksambodhi (ultimate enlightenment and perfect
liberation). You ponder that in your heart, “Ah, a Bodhisattva must leave
all marks (gunas) must mean he must not be attached to the mark of
self (atman is anitya [impermanent] and dukkha
[creating of suffering where there is attachment]), the mark of dharmas
[temporary, ephemeral, fleeting]), or to the mark of emptiness (akasha -
shunyata).” Once your heart understands, you actually undertake its
practice. You give without the mark of self, others, or the mark of a
life span in between. Your giving is devoid of attachment to the giver,
the recipient, or the gift given. You perform meritorious deeds without
involving yourself in the mark of performing meritorious deeds."
Hua, p. 92)
To understand why
Medicine Buddha Healing Center supports the above Buddhist Monastic
organizations and their life-long path of cultivation of wisdom free of
attachments to realize ultimate healing and health, please read the words
from Michael's primary Buddhist teacher
Venerable Tripitaka and Chan Master Hsuan Hua of the
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Master Hua asserts in his commentary on the
Paramita Sutra, Buddhist Text
Translation Society, 2002: Chapter 7, "Nothing Attained, Nothing
Spoken", p. 70:
"When attachment is relinquished the
Buddha Dharma appears. If attachments are not relinquished the more one
grasps the less one has. Before everything has been put down, nothing
can be picked up." To end suffering, it is necessary to put down
habitual attachments to power, name-fame, wealth, sex, food, and sleep --
put down attachments with the left hand and with the right hand pick
up “real mark prajna” (ultimate wisdom). But to say one can pick up
prajna is just a figure of speech. That is not to say there is actually
something which can be grasped with the hands. If one could grasp all of
empty space in one fist, then one could grasp hold of real mark prajna
(the ultimate wisdom). If unable to grasp all of empty space with one
swipe of the hand, one should make no futile attempt to clutch at real
mark prajna. Real mark prajna exhausts empty space and pervades the entire
universe. All things are basically within real mark prajna. How could a
firmer grip than that be had? It is simply because of attachments that the
basic substance of the Dharma-body has not been attained, and one’s
“original face” not recognized. Those who can truly put everything down
and investigate the meaning of this, can attain genuine, originally
existent real mark prajna (perfection of wisdom - the "No-Self"
teaching - "don't be selfish"). To say it is attained is just a
figure of speech. There is absolutely nothing to attain because nothing
was ever lost.”
Past Public Ayurveda Seminars:
[Click here to see a list of downloadable audio of past seminars at
Here is the video of
seminar Michael taught during the 3.5 years he was a monk:
Correspondence Course Distance Learning Samples:
The following sample audios require the
Microsoft Windows Media Player.
For a full listing of our more than 25
hours of free downloadable sample audio
seminars (45+ individual sample Ayurvedic audio seminars), visit our online
Medicine Master Buddha Library.
Ayurveda" Course at University of California Berkeley
Integrative Medicine Program lecture)
to listen to this 2 hour introductory class audio lecture by
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur at UC Berkeley.
(14 MB download)
Ayurvedic Rejuvenative Herbs for Pitta" Course at Elephant Pharmacy
to listen to this 1 hour 30 minute introductory lecture on the Top 5 Ayurvedic
Herbs for the Fire Constitution
Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur at Elephant Pharmacy
(22 MB download)
as the lotus (padma) is a symbol of perfection (mani paramita) and purity
(hum brahma), so do we embody these
qualities. Just as the lotus
from the mud, so does our higher nature
(mani) rise from the world of
conflict, confusion and chaos. The
beauty of the lotus and "the beauty within us" (mani) cannot be stained or
touched with imperfection. Just
as the lotus flowers graceful petals unfold layer upon layer, so does
"grace within us" (mani) unfold revealing layer
upon layer of beauty. Hence, the famous Mantra Chant:
Mani Padma Hum"
(10MB download) of Avalokiteshvara
Great Compassion Bodhisattva (the Sagely One who listens to the sounds of
suffering of the countless worlds innumerable living beings and responds
with limitless kindness, compassion, sympathetic care,
equanimity-detachment-renunciation, and great wisdom).