The Corona Virus, COVID-19

“What is the skilful means of someone in quest of complete security in regard to one’s life that is inevitably insecure? As for this, when a son or daughter of good family, as long as life lasts, does not kill any living being, does not brandish either a sword or a cudgel, being always guided by modesty and with a heart full of friendliness and compassion encompassing all living beings; when, as long as life lasts, he or she does not steal, is always intent upon generosity and with a heart unstained by stinginess, when, as long as life lasts, he or she is neither licentious nor induces others to be so; as long as life lasts, does not tell lies being always intent upon absolute honesty and without cheating anybody in the world; … and does not drink alcohol, thereby avoiding getting befuddled and thus being able to maintain observance of the Buddha’s moral training. This is the skilful means of someone in quest of security in regard to one’s life …

Thus have i heard. At one time the Buddha was staying at Mount Makula. Then an attendant monk by the name of Rādha said to the Buddha: “Blessed One, regarding a living being: What is called a living being?

The Buddha said to Rādha: “Being defiled by attachment to and entangled with bodily form ― this is called a living being. Being defiled by attachment to and entangled with feeling … perception … formations … consciousness ― this is called a living being.”

For me it’s a reminder about how little control we really have, the inevitability of change and instability.


I worked for the UK Ambulance Service a long time ago, I’ve just e-mailed them to say I’m available if needed.


This Washington Post article with simulator about flattening the curve is worth viewing and sharing. It creates urgency with empowerment instead of the despair, paralysis and resulting carelessness some reports may tend to trigger.


Recovery of coronavirus epicenter, China’s Wuhan gives hope to rest of world: WHO

No new cases in Wuhan ‘gives the rest of the world hope’, says World Health Organization

World gets hope as as China’s Wuhan reports no new coronavirus cases: WHO



A msg from Ajahn Jayasaro…


I’d like to pay tribute to many temporary inconsolable caregivers worldwide. Let’s care for them in return by sending them lots of metta :sunny:


Thanks so much for sharing that. I hope Venerable Jayasaro is doing well.

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Wise reflection by the Ven. Amaro :pray::



More than 100,000 coronavirus sufferers around the world have recovered from the deadly bug



World’s fastest supercomputer identifies coronavirus drug candidates

IBM AC922 Summit, the first supercomputer capable of reaching a quintillion operations per second, has identified 77 compounds with the potential to be used to fight the coronavirus responsible for the ongoing pandemic.



AN 5.78: Anagata-bhayani Sutta — The Discourse on Future Dangers (2)

This sutta advises reflecting on the dangers of aging, illness, famine, social unrest, and a split in the Saṅgha as a goad to practice.



I found the following article by Yuval Noah Harari to be interesting:

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China to end lockdown of coronavirus-hit Hubei province; Wuhan to open next month

China Set to End Wuhan Coronavirus Lockdown as Reported Cases Subside

Hubei lockdown ends Wednesday, Wuhan on April 8
If there’s no second wave, that will give hope worldwide at a time when the EU and much of the US is in lockdown


Epidemics reported in Tipitaka

The story of five diseases

Now at that time five diseases were prevalent among the people of Magadha: leprosy, boils, eczema, consumption, epilepsy. People, afflicted with the five diseases, having approached Jīvaka Komārabhacca, spoke thus: “It were good, teacher, if you would attend us.”

“But I, masters, am very busy, there is much to be done, and King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha is to be looked after by me, also the women’s quarters and the Order of monks with the awakened one at its head. I am not able to attend you.”

“All this property shall become yours, teacher, and we will be your slaves. It were good, teacher, if you would attend us.”

“But I, masters, am very busy … I am not able to attend you.”

Then it occurred to these people: “These recluses, sons of the Sakyans, are of pleasant character, of pleasant conduct; having eaten good meals, they lie down, on beds sheltered from the wind. Suppose we were to go forth among the recluses, sons of the Sakyans? In that case monks would look after us and moreover Jīvaka Komārabhacca would attend us.” Then these people, having approached (some) monks, asked for the going forth. The monks let them go forth, they ordained them. These monks looked after them and moreover Jīvaka Komārabhacca attended them.

Now at that time monks, looking after many ill monks, lived intent on asking, intent on hinting, saying: “Give food for the sick, give food for those who look after the sick, give medicines for the sick.” And Jīvaka Komārabhacca, attending many ill monks, omitted some of his duties towards the king… (Mahākhandhaka)

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It seems epidermic not include epilepsy and eczema , not spreadable diseases !

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Yes, I didn’t specify.
Just qouted the text.

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As the text mention that the five diseases were prevalent for a certain period and these arose suddenly to get assistant from Jīvaka these two diseases can also be contagious. We never know the diseases here are the same with the ones that we know of.

There are eczema-like contagious skin conditions. a list of contagious skin conditions

There are some special causes of the stroke , mainly infectious , although some of them are non- infectious . The most important etiologies are malaria, tuberculosis, cysticercosis, syphilis, and Chagas’ disease (Infective Causes of Stroke in Tropical Regions)

There has been strong evidence for infectious conditions, such as endocarditis, and pathogens, such as varicella zoster in stroke causation, and more supportive evidence is surfacing in recent years of several organisms increasing the stroke risk or being directly causal in stroke. The evidence also seems to be pointing to the role of inflammation in increasing the risk of stroke via accelerated atherosclerosis, vasculitis and vasculopathy (Infectious causes of stroke)

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Buddhist Organizations in North America Offer Online Retreats and Programs in Response to Social Distancing