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Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sun May 23, 2010 9:40 pm

Here is an explanation of the Medicine Buddha Mantra word for word. I will also post his vows and a pretty pic. At the bottom of this post is the link to the Sutra of the Master of Healing. I think I've made a post to this before that was similar, but this time I'm including his vows, the relevant sutra, and an image. I think the spelling is the sanskrit version of this mantra, and even if it's not the version you use I think it's still interesting to read.

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The Mantra word for word

1. OM: We begin with Om the under-current tone of the universe.
2. NAMO: Means yielding or full of trust also can mean to bend or bow and might mean to melt into.
3. bhagawate: means in intimate relation to the Divine and often means the entire cosmos
4. Bhaishjaye: a name for the Medicine Buddha
5. guru: Spiritual Master also means the “that” which transmutes ignorance into wisdom
6. vaidurya prabha: Divine deep blue light, like that of Lapis Lazuli.
7. Rajaya: means Great King
8. Tathagataya: means once came or once gone
9. arhate: one who has conquered the cycle of birth death
10. samyaksam buddhaya: perfectly enlightened
11. teyatha: do it like this
12. OM: Again we begin with Om the under-current tone of the universe
13. bekhajye bekhajye: do away with the pain of illness
14. maha bekhajye: do away with the pain of illness (of the darkness of Spiritual Ignorance)
14. bekhajye: do away with the pain of illness
15. Samudgate: means the supreme heights. Like this, go go go
(my prayer shall go to the highest and the widest and the deepest.
16. svaha: I offer this prayer and now relinquish it … (to you Medicine Buddha)

From: http://www.jivanjili.org/medicine_buddha_mantra.html


12 Vows of Medicine Buddha

1. I vow that my body shall shine as beams of brilliant light on this infinite and boundless world, showering on all beings, getting rid of their ignorance and worries with my teachings. May all beings be like me, with a perfect status and character, upright mind and soul, and finally attaining enlightenment like the Buddha.

2. I vow that my body be like crystal, pure and flawless, radiating rays of splendid light to every corner, brightening up and enlightening all beings with wisdom. With the blessings of compassion, may all beings strengthen their spiritual power and physical energy, so that they could fulfil their dreams in the right track.

3. I vow that I shall grant by means of boundless wisdom, all beings with the inexhaustible things that they require, and relieving them from all pains and guilt resulting from materialistic desires. Although clothing, food, accommodation and transport are essentials, it should be utilised wisely as well. Besides self-consumption, the remaining should be generously shared with the community so that all could live harmoniously together.

4. I vow to lead those who have gone astray back to the path of righteousness. Let them be corrected and returned to the Buddha way for enlightenment.

5. I vow that I shall enable all sentient beings to observe precepts for spiritual purity and moral conduct. Should there be any relapse or violation, they shall be guided for repentance. Provided they truly regret their wrong-doings, and vow for a change with constant prayers and strong faith in the Buddha, they could receive the rays of forgiveness, recover their lost moral and purity.

6. I vow that all beings who are physically disabled or sick in all aspects be blessed with good health, both physically and mentally. All who pays homage to Buddha faithfully will be blessed.

7. I vow to relieve all pain and poverty of the very sick and poor. The sick be cured, the helpless be helped, the poor be assisted.

8. I vow to help women who are undergoing sufferings and tortures and seeking for transformation into men. By hearing my name, paying homage and praying, their wishes would be granted and ultimately attain Buddhahood.

9. I vow to free all beings from evil thoughts and its control. I shall lead them onto the path of light through inculcating them with righteousness and honour so that they will walk the Buddha way.

10. I vow to save prisoners who have genuinely repented and victims of natural disasters. Those who are sincere will be blessed by my supreme powers and be freed from sufferings.

11. I vow to save those who suffer from starvation and those who committed crime to obtain food. If they hear my name and faithfully cherish it, I shall lead them to the advantages of Dharma and favour them with best food and eventually lead a tranquil and happy life.

12. I vow to save those who suffer from poverty, tormented by mosquitoes and wasps day and night. If they come across my name, cherish it with sincerity and practise dharma to strengthen their merits, they will be able to achieve their wishes.


From The Sutra of the Master of Healing http://web.singnet.com.sg/~alankhoo/HealingSutra.htm
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Re: Medicine Buddha

Postby Luke » Sun May 23, 2010 11:05 pm

Thanks for posting this, Laura! :anjali:

Medicine Buddha's vows are very inspiring ideals to aspire to.

I find the 8th vow especially interesting:
8. I vow to help women who are undergoing sufferings and tortures and seeking for transformation into men. By hearing my name, paying homage and praying, their wishes would be granted and ultimately attain Buddhahood.

Although it may not have been the intention of the original, this vow makes me think of transgendered people and reminds me to have compassion for them. It's too bad that there isn't another vow to help men who are seeking for transformation into women (Tara clearly demonstrates that the female form is just as good for attaining enlightenment).

In any case, when we dedicate the merit of our practices to all sentient beings, we benefit everyone.

Here's a teaching by Lama Zopa about Medicine Buddha:
http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/conta ... Buddha.pdf
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Re: Medicine Buddha

Postby Nosta » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:49 pm

Do you believe on such vows or in the reality of the Medicine Buddha? We dont see that often miraculous healings coming from buddhas, i think. Besides, it would be really amazing if there was an entity able to heal physically people who is practing the Dharma. And unfortunatly, such great things are not real. :(

But i would LOVE to be wrong on my statements. :)

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Re: Medicine Buddha

Postby gnegirl » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:18 pm

Luke wrote:Thanks for posting this, Laura! :anjali:

Medicine Buddha's vows are very inspiring ideals to aspire to.

I find the 8th vow especially interesting:
8. I vow to help women who are undergoing sufferings and tortures and seeking for transformation into men. By hearing my name, paying homage and praying, their wishes would be granted and ultimately attain Buddhahood.

Although it may not have been the intention of the original, this vow makes me think of transgendered people and reminds me to have compassion for them. It's too bad that there isn't another vow to help men who are seeking for transformation into women (Tara clearly demonstrates that the female form is just as good for attaining enlightenment).

In any case, when we dedicate the merit of our practices to all sentient beings, we benefit everyone.

Here's a teaching by Lama Zopa about Medicine Buddha:
http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/conta ... Buddha.pdf


Its harder being a girl...i can understand the sentiment to want to be a guy if everything i undertook was limited, demeaned, and downplayed simply because of my reproductive organs.

I am fortunate to live in a time and place where being female isn't such a big deal or a reason to pidgeon hole someone into one role in life (mother).
"Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise." --Surangama Sutra

Phenomenon, vast as space, dharmata is your base, arising and falling like ocean tide cycles, why do i cling to your illusion of unceasing changlessness?
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