Dharmadoctors.org is dedicated to serving health care practitioners by providing Buddhist resources and inspiration for the enhancement of their practices and the benefit of their patients. Both Medicine and Buddhism are fundamentally concerned with alleviating suffering, and a dialogue between these two great traditions seems not only natural, but of particular relevance in today’s climate of health care crisis. There are already many examples where the fertile ideas of Buddhist thought have made deep inroads into specific areas of medicine. Hospice and end-of-life care is the most obvious example of this phenomenon.
This site aims to draw together into one place the many ways Buddhist philosophy and practice can concretely influence and enhance the delivery of modern health care. In the areas of compassion training for medical students and residents, medical outreach into prisons, among the homeless, for refugees, dealing with difficult patients, addiction interventions, mindfulness in medicine practices and health care provider burnout prevention–these are just a few arenas where Buddhist ideas have the potential to radically effect change within medicine. The site will strive to provide relevant and timley resources in the form of readings, links, opportunities, teachings, conferences, etc, that will assist the health care practitioner to incorporate Buddhist ideas into their care of patients.
This is not a New Age pipe-dream quixotically applied to cutting edge medicine. Rather, it is a 2500 year old living repository of profound ideas that has the potential for remedying deep, chronic problems within our medical system. In fact, there is emerging evidence-based research that supports many of the practices brought together here.
Please imagine this site to be the center of a wheel with spokes radiating out into various areas of medicine, infusing them with the spirit of the dharma, hopefully making medicine a better discipline for us practitioners and most importantly, a better experience for our patients.