This website is named after the Buddha’s doctor, Jīvaka, a revered figure from Buddhist scripture (see details). We intend this site to be a venue to bring more diverse voices into the contemporary conversation about Buddhism and wellbeing. We intend it to be a useful resource and conversation-starter for teaching and research projects related to Buddhism, religious pluralism more generally, and the intersections between religion and healthcare.

Our scope is intentionally broad in order to be maximally inclusive. We are interested in any and all forms of healing (including traditional Asian medical, biomedical, psychological, emotional, and social interventions focused on promoting wellbeing) that are embraced by, endorsed by, and practiced within local Buddhist communities and institutions. We mean to include practitioners of any kind that understand their practice to be an extension or application of their Buddhist practices, beliefs, or principles.

What’s on this website?


This collaborative project focuses on pedagogical resources related to global Buddhist responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Watch this space for future developments as this project gets up and running…

Launched 2020

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A multimedia ethnography and documentary film project exploring the role of Buddhist institutions, practices, and cultural orientations in the healthcare landscape of a diverse American city.

By C. Pierce Salguero & Lan A. Li

Active 2015-20