Mental Health Awareness in Buddhism

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Phra Soravit Aphipanyo


The topic of this article is “Mental Health Awareness in Buddhism” It was discussed about Mental Health on Buddhism. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential. It can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and be able to make a contribution to her or his community. First, the Buddha taught, the monks should not follow two extremes ways;   1. The Extreme of sensual indulgence and   2 The Extreme of self-mortification. The monks should go on the Middle Way; The Noble Eight Fold Path consisting of 1. Right Understanding   2/ Right Thought 3. Right Speech 4. Right Action 5. Right Livelihood    6. Right Effort 7. Right Mindfulness 8. Right Concentration.The Buddha preached the Four Noble Truths: 1.Dukkha: (Suffering) the reality of affliction and impermanence. Birth, old age, disease and death etc.  2. Samudaya (cause of suffering) Arising (reaction) & Attachment (distraction) Sensory Attachment Becoming (self-formation) Non-Becoming (self-destruction) 3. Nirodha (cessation of suffering) Containment, stopping, unhooking 4. Magga (paths leading to the cessation of suffering) Path and Bhāvanā (Development) 1.Kaya-bhavana:physical development) 2.Sala-bhavana:moral development 3.Citta-bhavana:emotional development and Paan-bhavana : wisdom development and The  four  foundations  of  mindfulness  have  a  single  essence mindful  contemplation  of  natural  phenomena.  They  are  differentiated  insofar  as  this  mindful  contemplation  is  applied  to  four  objects :  1.the  body  (kaya);  2.The feelings (vedana); 3.States of consciousness (citta);  and  4.mental objects(dhamma). This is the Dharma for practice and Develop Mental Health.

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Aphipanyo, P. S. . (2020). Mental Health Awareness in Buddhism. Asia Pacific Journal of Religions and Cultures, 2(1), 57–65. Retrieved from


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