This is the 35th entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 24.10.2010.
"All these practices are meant to cure our mind. We can destroy our 5 poisons through the Medicine Buddha practice. It is beneifical for both your physical well-being and mental.
You can visualize that you are offering water to the Medicine Buddha. You can also visualize that you are offering other things, such as food, lotus flowers, incense etc. Even music. Anything can be offered.
We need to practice every day because life is impermanent. We never know when we're going to pass away. We need to understand the law of cause and effect. We need to have a profound understanding of Samsara and its 6 realms. Nirvana is like the pure land of the enlightened ones - the Green Tara, Buddha Amitabha and other great buddhas and bodhisattvas. The pure land of the Medicine Buddha is the best one for us. It has a blue colour (sapphires scattered everywhere across the pure land).
Dharma is the antidote to suffering, and you can receive all of this information from your own Buddha-nature mind. Your mind can become pure through Buddhist practice."
*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.