May all sentient beings who hear this magical song obtain some relief from the suffering that permeates this dimension.
The Medicine Buddha – The Meaning, Teachings, Mantra & Empowerment
“If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering.” — Lama Tashi Namgyal
The Healing Buddha or Medicine Buddha is usually referred to as the doctor of the world. Not only is the Healing Buddha the granter of wishes for perfect health, the Medicine Buddha path of light is one that leads the practitioner to enlightenment.
The Medicine Buddha was the first Buddha statue I ever owned. It was a gift to me. I had become extremely ill and had just spent three months in the hospital.
One of my dearest friends gifted me the Medicine Buddha statue. A gift that I treasure to this day.
In this article we’ll look at:
- The meaning behind the Medicine Buddha
- The essence of the Buddha’s teachings
- The 12 Vows of the Medicine Buddha
- A Medicine Buddha Meditation and Mantra
The Meaning Behind the Medicine Buddha
Every depiction of the Buddha has significance and meaning. Each hand gesture, posture and in the Medicine Buddha’s case even color has deep psychological inferences.
Why is the Medicine Buddha blue?
The deep blue that the Medicine Buddha is normally portrayed in wasn’t done so at random. It ties back a master healing stone – Lapis Lazuli.
For more than six thousand years this stone has been honored and cherished as the most precious of stones. Valued even more than the diamond or gold.
It may be because of how hard it is to obtain. Primarily mined in the Badakshan region of northeast Afghanistan, which is pretty much an inaccessible area located behind the Hindu Kush.
This deep blue is usually associated with the brow chakra. The main attributes of the brow chakra are discernment, clarity, vision and seeing beyond illusion,
What is the plant that the Medicine Buddha is holding?
The plant that the Medicine Buddha is holding is the myrobalan fruit. This plant represent all of the best medicines in the world.
What does the Medicine Buddha’s hand gestures mean?
The Medicine Buddha’s right hand gesture represents and symbolizes the eradication of suffering. Especially the suffering of sickness using the means of relative truth.
The Medicine Buddha’s left hand gesture – resting in his lap, palm upward symbolizes meditative stability or meditation as a whole. Meditation is is looked upon as a tool to aid in the eradication of sickness and suffering. How? By digging deep into the very roots of samsara. This will lead the practitioner to the realization of absolute truth.
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Evil does not exist;
there is only ignorance.
Enemies do not exist;
there are only sentient beings
that I don’t know yet how to love.
—Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche
- The biggest tragedy (zenflash.wordpress.com)
“From the Buddhist point of view, there is a really big tragedy that is happening all the time.The fact that all beings, like you and me, you know, sentient beings, even so they are adorned with an enlightened-nature – wherever they go, enlightened-nature goes – they just miss it all the time. That is the biggest tragedy. It is so near, it is just so close, it is right here in front, even closer than in front of you. But most of us, we miss it. That is the biggest tragedy.”