Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

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Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby phantom59 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:45 pm

The Medicine Buddha encompasses all the buddhas. This means that when we
practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we
receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the buddhas.
Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable
merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha.

To recite the Medicine Buddha mantra brings inconceivable merit. Manjushri
requested the eight tathagatas Guru Shakyamuni Buddha and the seven Medicine
Buddhas to reveal a special mantra that would make the prayers the eight
tathagatas made in the past prayers to be able to actualize the happiness of
sentient beings by attaining the path to enlightenment and pacifying various
problems, to be able to see all the buddhas, and for all wishes to be quickly
realized to quickly come to pass, especially for those sentient beings born in
the time of the five degenerations who have small merit and who are possessed
and overwhelmed by various diseases and spirit harms.

During that time, all the eight tathagatas, in one voice, taught the Medicine
Buddha mantra. Therefore, if you recite the mantra every day, the buddhas and
bodhisattvas will always pay attention to you, and they will guide you.
Vajrapani, owner of the secrets, and the four guardians will always protect and
guide you. All your negative karmas will be pacified, and you will never be born
in the three lower realms. Even just hearing a recitation of the names of the
eight tathagatas pacifies all diseases and spirit harms even spirit harms that
arise as a condition of disease and all your wishes are fulfilled.

Long Mantra Recitation

OM NAMO BHAGAVATE BHEKHANDZYE / GURU BAIDURYA / PRABHA RADZAYA / TATHAGATAYA /
ARHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / TADYATHA / OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA
BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE / RADZA SAMUDGATE SVAHA

Short Mantra Recitation

TADYATHA OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE RADZA
SAMUDGATE
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby muni » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:25 pm

Thank you deeply for pointing to DHARMA. :namaste:

TADYATHA OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE RADZA
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Clcyuely » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:50 am

Thank you deeply for pointing to DHARMA.

Me,too. :good:
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Nighthawk » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:22 am

Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood. Do people really feel their lives are changing once they take up the practice of reciting a mantra?
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby heart » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:59 am

Nighthawk wrote:Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood. Do people really feel their lives are changing once they take up the practice of reciting a mantra?


It isn't about reciting a mantra, a sadhana is quite a lot more than that, at least in the Tibetan tradition. It does change your life.

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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:08 pm

A previous introductory thread about mantras etc:

viewtopic.php?f=77&t=1241

A mantra may be seen as a condensed version of an extensive practice such as this Medicine Buddha one, which is freely available form the FPMT:

http://www.fpmt.org/images/stories/educ ... trbklt.pdf
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Dharmabrother » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:50 pm

So in doing a manyra like dzambhala, im supposed to visualize what? the deity, or what I want to happen?
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Pero » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:56 pm

Nighthawk wrote:Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood.

What do you mean?
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby heart » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:10 pm

Dharmabrother wrote:So in doing a manyra like dzambhala, im supposed to visualize what? the deity, or what I want to happen?


Depends on what sadhana you do, and that depends on what empowerment you got. Normally you visualize the deity in front of you or you or visualize yourself as the deity or a combination of the two.

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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:23 pm

Dharmabrother wrote:So in doing a manyra like dzambhala, im supposed to visualize what? the deity, or what I want to happen?


Your question is off-topic, but also you really should take the advice given elsewhere. If you want to embark on the Vajrayana path, people told you how to do so.
It's pretty rude to ignore that and start asking about specific deity practices IMHO. Start with Refuge and Bodhichitta - find a Guru and seek their guidance. ;)
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Dharmabrother » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:15 pm

Hold on there bro. Way out of line here man.. Im curious. If this is how you treat newbies who are curios.. then I think being a buddhist is not the loving kindness in which its practitioners portray it to be. If ppl like you who are rude to curious seekers on a measly internet fourm, in thr grand scheme of things.. Either you are taking it way too serioisly.. Or youre just a very ride jerk yourself. I
just asked a mantra question.. Chill the hell out.. Were cool on my end :twothumbsup:
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:18 pm

Dharmabrother wrote:Hold on there bro. Way out of line here man.. Im curious. If this is how you treat newbies who are curios.. then I think being a buddhist is not the loving kindness in which its practitioners portray it to be. If ppl like you who are rude to curious seekers on a measly internet fourm, in thr grand scheme of things.. Either you are taking it way too serioisly.. Or youre just a very ride jerk yourself. I
just asked a mantra question.. Chill the hell out.. Were cool on my end :twothumbsup:



Newbies who are curious receive answers, as you did.

So why ignore them and ask more questions about deity practices? That is rude. Pointing that out to you is not.

Yes, I take Vajrayana seriously - so should you, whether you discuss it on a 'measly' forum or in person with a Guru, as advised.

it is compassionate to advise you correctly. People did.

You are also off-topic. (This is a thread on Medicine Buddha not 'dzambhala').
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Nighthawk » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:12 pm

Pero wrote:
Nighthawk wrote:Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood.

What do you mean?

I mean that I only recite to create the cause for my rebirth in Sukhavati.
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby Nighthawk » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:13 pm

heart wrote:
Nighthawk wrote:Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood. Do people really feel their lives are changing once they take up the practice of reciting a mantra?


It isn't about reciting a mantra, a sadhana is quite a lot more than that, at least in the Tibetan tradition. It does change your life.

/magnus

How has it changed yours?
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby username » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:22 am

Medicine Buddha teaching by lama Zopa:
http://www.fpmt.org/images/stories/teac ... Buddha.pdf

other teachings and also mantras not needing lung or initiation (unless stated otherwise) for beginners on his fpmt site dedicated to lama yeshe:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&cid=34

Some nice teachings by others here including Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche who always taught like all great Dzogchen masters that Om-Ah-Hung incorporates all the essence, meaning & power of all mantras & can be said by anyone:
http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhis ... ddhism.htm

Welcome to all new comers interested in Tibetan Buddhism including Dharmabrother.
Dzogchen masters I know say: 1)Buddhist religion essence is Dzogchen 2)Religions are positive by intent/fruit 3)Any method's OK unless: breaking Dzogchen vows, mixed as syncretic (Milanese Soup) 4)Don't join mandalas of opponents of Dalai Lama/Padmasambhava: False Deity inventors by encouraging victims 5)Don't debate Ati with others 6)Don't discuss Ati practices online 7) A master told his old disciple: no one's to discuss his teaching with some others on a former forum nor mention him. Publicity's OK, questions are asked from masters/set teachers in person/email/non-public forums~Best wishes
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby username » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:54 am

Thanks to phantom59 for this & previous posts whose posts used to calm down things here. All the best to her or him.
Dzogchen masters I know say: 1)Buddhist religion essence is Dzogchen 2)Religions are positive by intent/fruit 3)Any method's OK unless: breaking Dzogchen vows, mixed as syncretic (Milanese Soup) 4)Don't join mandalas of opponents of Dalai Lama/Padmasambhava: False Deity inventors by encouraging victims 5)Don't debate Ati with others 6)Don't discuss Ati practices online 7) A master told his old disciple: no one's to discuss his teaching with some others on a former forum nor mention him. Publicity's OK, questions are asked from masters/set teachers in person/email/non-public forums~Best wishes
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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby heart » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:46 am

Nighthawk wrote:
heart wrote:
Nighthawk wrote:Why do mantras always promise "unlimited benefits" such as wealth, happiness etc. I've been practicing the nembutsu for quite some time and haven't really noticed any major changes in my life, but then again I only recite to gain birth for Buddhahood. Do people really feel their lives are changing once they take up the practice of reciting a mantra?


It isn't about reciting a mantra, a sadhana is quite a lot more than that, at least in the Tibetan tradition. It does change your life.

/magnus

How has it changed yours?


I was a proud young man that know nothing about Dharma and cared mainly about myself and now I am a middle age man that have confidence in the Dharma and that occasionally think more about others than about myself. Might not seem like a lot, but it is.

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Re: Benefits of Medicine Buddha Mantra

Postby catmoon » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:34 am

Dharmabrother wrote:Hold on there bro. Way out of line here man.. Im curious. If this is how you treat newbies who are curios.. then I think being a buddhist is not the loving kindness in which its practitioners portray it to be. If ppl like you who are rude to curious seekers on a measly internet fourm, in thr grand scheme of things.. Either you are taking it way too serioisly.. Or youre just a very ride jerk yourself. I
just asked a mantra question.. Chill the hell out.. Were cool on my end :twothumbsup:


I understand your indignation, however comments like that bolded above are not permitted. There is, at the top of many forums, a pinned post on enlightened discussion that lays out the board position on this.
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