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Saddharma Pundarika

Medicines (Ayurveda) in Saddharma Pundarika a Buddhist Literature and Sign of Medical Tourism
History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in Buddhist Literature and Buddhist Period, India – 6
History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in India, South Asia – 37
By: Bhishma Kukreti (Medical Tourism Historian)
As such Buddhist literature did not mention ‘Ayurveda’ word but Buddhist literature do discuss about medicines and diseases (Great Meidcines was Lord Buddha).
Saddharma Pundarika (Lotus Sutra) is one of the important Sutra book for Mahayanists (China, Japan and South East Asia). That book is earliest Sanskrit literature of Buddhism. Saddharma Pundarika Sutra is scared book for Mahayanist Buddhists.
Buddhist Literature analyst Kogaku Fuse concluded that Lotus Sutra (Saddharma Pundarika) was composed in four stages –
1-9 and 17 Parivart (Chapters) – 1st century CE
Prose section was added later in 1st century
10, 11, 13-16, 18-20 and 27 – 100 CE
Others sutras – 150 CE
Stephen Teiser, Tamura argues with some differences about date of creation. However, all concluded the date of creation is before 150 CE) Atidev in Ayurveda ka Itihas (1960, page 93) mentions that there are 27 chapters (Parivart) in the said Sanskrit book. Atidev states that the Saddharma Pundarika was found in Central Asia.
There are three Chinese translation of Saddharma Pundarika and are extant .Dharma Raksha translated Sanskrit versions into Chinese around 286CE, Kumarjiva translated inti Chinese around 406 CE (Burton)
There is mention of medicines in Aushadhi Parivart or Medicine Chapter 5th Parivart but very least. trina, gulm, Vanaspati and Aushadhi (Atideva).
The book was found in Central Asia that means that the religious tourists visiting India and taking literature including medicinal literature, Chinese Scholars translating literature including medicinal parts originated in India , scholars spreading the text into society and society absorbing the same and using the text for medicinal purpose .All the above facts suggest there was some sorts of medical tourism from 1st to 406 CE between Chinese and India or Central Asia and India.
References-

Watson Burton, 1993, tr. The Lotus Sutra, Cambridge Press

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