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  • Ikuro Shimizu

Meditation and Healing Space

When I started working at my former college

Although it was an architecture department there, I was supposed to teach a class in social work. One day, I was called by the chairperson. There I was asked to open a course on healing theory. Instead of simply treating the sick in hospitals, how could we improve what medical treatment could not handle?

The chairperson was fundamentally a business person and not always easy to interact with for me, but this was a wise move. He seemed to have had such an experience with one of his own people.

As you know, etiology, witchcraft, and sorcery are the foundation of anthropology, and in a society without modern medicine, I saw many people die, of course, but I also frequently encountered situations where people were healed of certain illnesses that could not be treated in hospitals. When I myself was not feeling well, I was often casted a word spell and was healed.

I was also wondering what kind of act it is to heal neither disease nor sickness, but rather illness.

In Chiang Mai this time, while experiencing meditation practices at the Vipassana meditation center attached to the Doi Suthep Temple on the sacred Doi Suthep Mountain, I have been thinking about what kind of structure and spatial composition a meditation space consists of.

This is a first step in a preliminary study of spaces and places for healing that is being conducted daily in Southeast Asia. The experience of this meditation based on Buddhist philosophy, even if only for a short period of time, will be very useful for the future.

Teacher monk told me that suffering comes from within the self and that meditation is the way to eliminate it. I was convinced that he was right.


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