These pages are meant primarily for cancer patients,
however anyone can improve their health utilizing the principles described here.
I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia
and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that,
according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract:
To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my
to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required;
to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art,
if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract;
and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction,
I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers,
and to students bound by this contract and having sworn
this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.
I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my
according to my greatest ability and judgement,
and I will do no harm or injustice to them.
I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor
will I advise such a plan;
and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.
I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from
but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.
Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of
avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption,
including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.
Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients,
whether in connection with my professional practice or not,
which ought not to be spoken of outside,
I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.
So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without
may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art,
gaining the respect of all men for all time.
However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it,
may the opposite be my fate.
When we understand that there is no final
no ultimate answer or stopping place,
when our mind is free of warring emotions and the belief in separateness,
then we will have no fear.
No matter where we are on the bodhisattva path,
whether we are just beginning or we've practiced for years,
we're always stepping further into groundlessness.
Enlightenment is not the end of anything.
Enlightenment, being completely awake,
is just the beginning of fully entering into the Unknown.
May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road;
For those who wish to go across the water,
may I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.
May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall,
And a lamp for those who long for light;
For those who need a resting place, a bed,
For all who need a servant, may I be a slave.
May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,
A word of power, and the supreme remedy.
May I be the trees of miracles,
And for every being the abundant cow.
Like the great earth and the other elements,
Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For the boundless multitude of living beings,
May I be the ground and vessel of their life.
Thus, for every single thing that lives,
In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,
May I be their sustenance and nourishment
Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering.