The Bodhi Stand Present
"My early years were spent in a monastery, and now I have come back to live out my life on monastic grounds!" observes Dr. Grace C. Liu, Acupuncturist at the East-West Medical Clinic, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. She relates:
When I was six years old,
I lived with my grandmother in my
dressed me in beautiful new clothes. She had gathered the items we would need and several farmers had come to carry them for us. We were to go in a small car, pulled by a young man, and I was delighted when my grandmother invited me to sit right beside her. Along the country road I could see beautiful wild flowers—so lovely and sweet-smelling. I talked, laughed, and sang all the way to the monastery.
I was so badly
disappointed! What a terrible
monastery it was! I could not image it could
obedient to her parents'
wishes, finished her schooling
and was graduated with an
their move to America,
the Liu's went to Gold
in Los Angeles to
Kuo Ai firmly believes in preventative medicine. One example of this is the way acupuncture can help people who wish to lose weight or to stop smoking. Much of the secret to the success of these treatments in Dr. Liu's case is found in the care with which she is attentive to each patient. She discusses with them the difficulties they have encountered when they have tried to quit smoking or to lose weight in the past. Once the patient describes these discomforts that accompany withdrawal from excessive food or from cigarettes. Dr. Liu treats the patient for these related symptoms at the same time she helps them directly cut off the habits of over-eating and smoking. Such compassionate regard for each patient's whole system takes time and patience which Kuo Ai willingly gives. Profit and fame, the pitfalls of many professional people, do not tempt her. She will sacrifice her own time for the sake of a patient's schedule; she will aim at healing the patients so they need not return for further treatments, rather than prolonging the cure in order to reap the profits of additional visits. She assesses the kind of illness a patient has and will tell them frankly if acupuncture is not an appropriate or even the most effective aid in each case. If it is not, she will refer them to other sources rather than treat them. She asks for less than minimum recompense for treatments which in large cities or in places familiar with acupuncture would cost double or triple. Forgetting herself for the sake of others, she relies on the strength and dharmas of Great Compassion to help relieve peoples' suffering and enable them to attain comfort.