We are the first to introduce ‘Buddhist Āyurvedic Counselling and Psychiatry' (BĀCP) from Sri Lanka to the West. BĀCP is a new subject in the area of Buddhist Studies. It was developed in Sri Lanka over the past decade, and its practice has been recognized by the World Health Organisation (p.15, WHO, 2009; p.39, WHO, 2012).
BĀCP has a strong theoretical basis grounded in premodern Buddhist and Ayurvedic texts which have endured for over 2000 years since around 400 BCE.
Our treatment methods include traditional Ayurvedic physical therapies, behaviour and situation change (e.g. through diet and lifestyle counselling), and methods for developing concentration and insight into reality (through a more personally tailored approach to mindfulness and meditation training).
Our Manasa Ayurveda consultant qualified in Sri Lanka at the Buddhist Ayurvedic Hospital within the Nagananda International Institute for Buddhist Studies (NIIBS). Our Ayurvedic therapies are also informed by the Neelamahara tradition; practiced for centuries within the Neelamahara Buddhist temple and surrounding village community in Sri Lanka.