Meditation Not Medication

Meditation Not Medication

Thursday, 8 October 2009, 8:05 p.m.

Dear Brother,

    David has gone pretty crazy with his daily stock trading. He threw things at the windows one day two weeks ago and broke one window. Last week he called 911, and the police turned up at the house. All because he had lost money on that day and so lost his mind.  His father has been out of the country since Saturday morning. All this happened a few days before he left. 




Thursday, 8 October 2009, 9:11 p.m.

Subject: Meditation

Dear Mary,

    David should learn to meditate.  I shall suggest it to him.  Meditation calms down ‘mania’.  I am talking from experience.  I have to do the same.

    When his father is home, let him handle David. 

    I guess David’s taking and stopping medication irregularly may have that effect.  Either one takes medication all one’s life and suffers the possible ill effects in addition to the good effects, or one does not touch medication at all, like me.  I have a difficult time too sometimes.  To wean from medication, one has to do it gradually under the guidance of a good therapist. 

   In any case, meditation is the ultimate cure for mania; medication in some cases only makes a manic person a dull person. 

   It is not good for David to live at home with you.  With his father, perhaps it is okay.  He can handle it.  You cannot.   You only spoil your son. 

   David’s idea of coming up to live in Canada is good, but not now, when it is getting into gloomy winter soon.   He can come in March, 2010.  David needs a father, an uncle, or a mentor, to ‘train’ him, not you.  I do not spoil him.  Though I do not have the wisdom, I shall do my best, since his father is not doing it, and David has not yet found a mentor.

    Meditation is David’s survival.

    With best regards,




Toxic Psychiatry.  Peter R. Breggin, M.D.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.

“Meditation Cures Mental Illnesses.”  Monk Huimen (慧门禅师) meditation camp poster, 2009; and temple lecture DVD, 2008.  LH Kwan translation. 


Written by LH Kwan 2009-10-10 draft 3 with reference   (378 words)



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