The Knowledge of Healing | Chicago Reader

The Knowledge of Healing

A nun who?s been tortured describes her injuries, and Tenzin Choedrak, physician to the Dalai Lama, counsels her on the importance of achieving a restful state of mind about the experience. The Dalai Lama himself speaks about the connection between the spiritual and the medical in this 1996 documentary about Tibetan medicine, pointing out that Buddhist principles can benefit the health of non-Buddhists too. Filmmaker Franz Reichle introduces interview subjects by showing distant perspectives of the landscapes where they live and work, and he allows people to speak for themselves without voice-over narration. With irresistible logic and inspiring optimism, he combines the anecdotal, the analytical, and the poetic to argue for a holistic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of illness, one that acknowledges the joint responsibility of doctors and patients.

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