Transitional Medicine
From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
 Journey of Hearts
A Healing Place in CyberSpaceTM
Our Role as Doctors & Nurses 

These words were given to me to use at a "Remembrance Service" that I organized at the end of my residency days. This Remembrance was a service to remember the patients and family members lost by the Resident Physician-in-Training. These words from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying were found by a friend, studying Buddhism.  
I found these words describe the essence of what I try to share with my patients. Re-reading them, these words serve as a "reality check" for me, when I question my reasons for being inthe medical field.  
Some of those reasons have become more evident, as people find this website and are helped. I still need daily reminder of why I became a doctor..."May I be the doctor, the medicine and may I be the nurse for all the sick beings in the world, until everyone is healed." 

From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
    May I be a protector to those without protection  
    A leader for those who journey  
    And a boat, a bridge, a passage  
    For those desiring the further shore.  

    May the pain of every living creature  
    Be completely cleared away  
    May I be the doctor, the medicine  
    And may I be the nurse  
    For all the sick beings in the world  
    Until everyone is healed.  

    Just like space  
    And the great elements such as earth,  
    May I always support the life  
    Of all boundless creatures.  

    And until they pass away from pain  
    May I also be a source of life  
    For all the realms of varied beings  
    That reach unto the ends of space.  

    Sogyal Rinpoche
Last updated May 12, 1998
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