Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Medicine Buddha

This is the 20th entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 23.09.2010.


Drupon Sangyas:

"Arhat - an enlightened being on Earth, spreading the dharma to others. There was more than just one Buddha.
The 5 poisons are pride, jealousy, arrogance, ignorance, stupidity.

Visualize the light of a precious stone (for example, a blue crystal) going to the sick bodypart and recite the Medicine Buddha mantra at the same time. Thoughts can be very powerful so we need to think that it helps.

The Medicine Buddha teachings come from Buddha Shakyamuni. During the time of Buddha there was only one stupa. He offered his hair to that stupa to defy vanity. He also wore a yellow cloth. Yellow was the colour of the homeless people at that time in India."


The short version of the Medicine Buddha mantra:



The mantra means:
"May the many sentient beings
who are sick,
quickly be freed from sickness.
And may all the sicknesses of beings
never arise again."


*Important side note: These diary entries do not reflect every word the teacher said, and there may be some mistakes or misunderstandings, for which I am sorry and accept responsibility. In a few instances, I have interjected my own interpretation or explanation.

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