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Rev. Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur, M.A.H., Ph.D
Primary Ayurvedic-Chinese Practitioner

 

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Rev. Jenny Dinh, D.Ayur, Ph.D Ayur, M.H., C.M.T., P.K.S., Chinese Master Herbalist,
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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 Dr. Vasant Lad's Ayurvedic Institute 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 attendance.  

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 Genetic Engineering.

 

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 here)

Make a Donation to Support the Continued Free Ayurvedic Courses and Free Clinic Work


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 Astrology.

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 as his supreme religion and treats his patients accordingly, succeeds best in achieving his aims of life and obtains the greatest pleasure.”  

-- from Charaka,
honored 2nd century B.C. Ayurvedic Physician


Although Michael studied Ayurvedic, Tibetan and 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 teacher, Dr. 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 Path:
Generosity
(Dana 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." 

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Several 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 says:

"All Conditioned Dharmas

Are Like Dreams, Illusions, Bubbles, Shadows,

Like Dew Drops And A Lightning Flash:

Contemplate Them Thus."

 

Commentary by the 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 phenomena. 

"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, shadows.

 

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, Sai Ayurveda, 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

 

Shurangama Sutra:

“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.”

"Perfection is total and the light brilliant. There are no designations because it’s a situation that’s like zero.

There’s nothing that can be said about zero. Zero means the absence of everything. And yet everything outside the zero is contained within it.

The zero is the mother of all things. But it is not designated as a mother, because there isn’t anything there.

To understand 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."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine Buddha
Healing Center: 
Ayurveda
in Berkeley,
Walnut Creek, San Rafael,
and San Francisco


East Indian and Tibetan Ayurvedic Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

for San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara, Marin, Santa Rosa




Our Center's Co-Founder and Co-Director:

\[  Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur, Ph.D. Ayurveda
 Master Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Ayurveda, Pastoral Counselor, Center Co-Founder, Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Practitioner (former novice Buddhist Monk Losang Jinpa for 3.5 years - now a lay-person)
Please Call him (No e-mail available for Michael)
(1) - 7 Days a Week - 10 AM to 8 PM.

Michael completed a Six-Year Apprenticeship with Ayurvedic Doctor Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., observing over 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 European Buddhist Retreat, Michael is now available for Ayurvedic-Chinese Herbal Consultations which can be 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 con-fusion.  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 meditation, and Chan meditation. After all, Ayurveda says that,
“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 of vata-pitta-kapha),

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 daily.


4. Daily Meditation
(Vipassana Samadhi, Chan - time-proven "stress management" and prevention technique) - the only bad meditation is the day you don't "sit" to meditate; and

5. Brahmacharya
(purity-heartedness - virtue, which means celibacy 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),

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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 world. 

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 the Dharma (healing wisdom teachings) in the world via the Sangha (renunciate mendicant practitioners - cultivators).

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Our Kindred Healing Team
of Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and
Chinese Medicine Practitioners:

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\[  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 Master Herbalist Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur, Ph.D of the 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 Ayurvedic Institute.  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 Master Herbalist 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 with the Distance Learning Program of the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute and serves on its faculty. As a student of Buddhist Ayurveda and the Chinese healing arts Jenny offers sliding scale herbal and dietary consultations to those in need, and free of charge to those who are indigent

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\[  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 Intensives with 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.

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\  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

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Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Thai and Chinese
Massage Practitioners

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 Buddhist Ayurveda with Master Herbalist Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur, M.A.H, 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, and full Panchakarma (3 to 5 day cleansing-rejuvenation therapies) in concert with Michael, or with Jenny Dinh and/or Natalie Gougeon.

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\  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 Specialists,
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: www.CharityFocus.org.  They now live on their farm in India growing organic herbs: www.Greenlocal.com/ayurveda.
 
(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!"

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Pancha Karma Cleansing
Revitalization Massage at the Center:

Restore balance to your body, mind and spirit with the ancient Indian rejuvenative treatments called Panchakarma. These 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?

The 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 beings.

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.

 


Om Gang Ganapatayé Namaha!  Homage to Ganesh - the Elephant God of Wisdom - May he remove our sickness and karmic obstacles.  Come to Elephant Pharmacy to learn about the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom of Ganesh - The Elephant God of Healing! "Om gananam tva ganapatim havamahé kavim kavinam upamashravastamam, jyéshtha rajam brahmanam brahmanas pata a naha shrunvanutibhihi sida sadanam, vakratunda mahakaya surya koti samaprabha, nirvighnam kuru mé deva sarva karyéshu sarvada, siddhi buddhi shatki sahita shriman mahaganadipatayé namo namaha, nirvighnam kuru"      This graphic is either reprinted with permission or is made available under the "fair use" provision (17 USC §107) of the U.S. Copyright Act for research and non-profit educational and religious purposes only.  Picture source: http://www.ayurveda.com

While Michael is still available for paid consultations, he is no longer offering Elephant Pharmacy free clinic service work since Elephant went bankrupt in 2009.  

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Medicine Buddha Healing Center
Actively Supports  The Following
Non-Profit Organizations:

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 through donations.

All classes 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. 

Fulfilling his vows, for 3.5 years Michael studied and practiced meditation as an ordained novice monk under the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana under Lama Zopa 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: 

Our Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute and Vipashina Buddhist College donates 25% of all proceeds from their Buddhist and Ayurvedic Distance Learning Programs to the above non-profit religious service (Seva) organizations.

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.

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Generosity and Giving
Leads to Happiness
through Realizing
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)

Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra, Buddhist Text Translation Society, 2002: Chapter 4, p. 57: www.bttsonline.org/product.aspx?pid=153

"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 receiver:

“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.”

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Commentary by the Venerable Buddhist Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (p. 58):

"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 anything.

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, composed of:

1. one who gives,

2. one who receives, and

3. 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). (Source: 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 (chitta [thought]- buddhi [intellect] - smriti [memories] are anitya [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." (Source: Hua, p. 92) 


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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 Vajra Prajna 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.

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Past Public Ayurveda Seminars:

[Click here to see a list of downloadable audio of past seminars at Elephant Pharmacy.

Here is the video of seminar Michael taught during the 3.5 years he was a monk:

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Michael Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur, volunteered for several years offering free 15 minute Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine consultations and 1 to 1.5 hour seminars to all customers of Elephant Pharmacy.    This graphic is either reprinted with permission or is made available under the "fair use" provision (17 USC §107) of the U.S. Copyright Act for research and non-profit educational and religious purposes only.  Picture source: http://www.ElephantPharmacy.com

 

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Ayurvedic 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. 

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"Introduction to Ayurveda" Course at University of California Berkeley
(Cal Students Integrative Medicine Program lecture)

Click here to listen to an Introduction to Ayurveda Seminars sample of our Ayurvedic Correspondence Course using the Windows Media Player.Click here to listen to this 2 hour introductory class audio lecture by Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur at UC Berkeley.
(14 MB download)

"Introduction to Ayurvedic Rejuvenative Herbs for Pitta" Course at Elephant Pharmacy

Click here to listen to a an Ayurvedic Cooking Therapy Seminar sample of our Ayurvedic Correspondence Course using the Windows Media Player.Click here to listen to this 1 hour 30 minute introductory lecture on the Top 5 Ayurvedic Medicine Rasayana Herbs for the Fire Constitution by Michael (Losang) Reid Kreuzer, D.Ayur at Elephant Pharmacy
(22 MB download)

 

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Make an Offering for your Ayurvedic Courses

 

Just 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 rises Ayurveda as a pure as a Lotus: ayurvedic therapy and classes : Pancha-Karma, ( panchakarma ), Indian ayurvedic herbs, ayurveda acupressure massage, Ayurvedic healing, ayurveda therapy, vata pitta kapha constituional medicine, Tibetan Medicine, Indian Herbology.   This graphic is either reprinted with permission or is made available under the "fair use" provision (17 USC §107) of the U.S. Copyright Act for research and non-profit educational and religious purposes only. Picture source: http://community.webshots.com/photo/2866967/15808348gsxQrfQDEs  White Beauty by By Luís Peresfrom 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 flower’s graceful petals unfold layer upon layer, so does "grace within us" (mani) unfold revealing layer upon layer of beauty.  Hence, the famous Mantra Chant:
"Om 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).