“Wisdom is the basic ingredient to health, to long life, and to happiness.
Health is a universal desire of human beings. No matter how wealthy or powerful one is, health, after all, is the most precious thing.
Health is not simply a matter of absence of illness. Health means constant challenge. Constant creativity. A prolific life always moving forward, opening up fresh new vistas–that is a life of true health. An unbeatable spirit is what supplies the power to keep pressing ahead.
There are many whose bodies are healthy but whose inner being is ill. And there are also those who suffer some physical disease but whose inner life force is very healthy. All of us will experience some sickness during our lives. That is why it is important to acquire the wisdom to deal with illness properly.
Though it may seem contradictory, from the Buddhist perspective health and illness are not separate. Nor are life and death. They are part of a single whole. For that reason, the Buddhist perspective on health is not limited to this single life. Its basic focus is a healthy life throughout the three existences of past, present and future.”
Daisaku Ikeda, SGI International President’s excerpts from the series A New Century of Health: Buddhism and the Art of Medicine originally carried in the Soka Gakkai’s Seikyo Shimbun newspaper in 1996.