Medicine Buddha - Men Lha

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Medicine Buddha - Men Lha

Postby kalden yungdrung » Thu May 19, 2011 7:19 pm

Tashi delek, :)

Because we know in Bon the Medicine Buddha, we have also a tradition of this Medicine Lineage which go back to the Bon Buddha, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche.
There is also the daily ritual for benefitting medicine and patients.

Best wihese
KY

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Medicine Buddha, Men Lha, is a manifestation of Tonpa Shenrab, the original Bon Teacher and Enlightened One.

The history of the Medicine Buddha teaching comes from the sutra of ‘Healing Method for Sickness of Affliction and Ignorance’ from the ‘Mandala of King of Medicine and Ritual Ceremonies for Enlightenment’ text. Importantly medicine is associated here with wellness as enlightenment.

Tonpa Shenrab became aware of the suffering of people living to the north of ancient Olmo Lung Ring on a little island called Dawa Ruting. This island was dominated by the evil deeds of the Prince Drachen Korlo, whose actions caused disturbances, sickness and suffering for the people. Tonpa Shenrab gave this teaching to eliminate their suffering, and heal them from temporal difficult conditions, to purify negative karmic deeds and to free them from the five inner poisons based on ignorance, and to harmonize and restore peace to the region.

It was at the request of the kings of the island of Dawa Ruting that Tonpa Shenrab first gave the teachings of the Medicine Buddha.

They were then transmitted through:
Chadbu Trishe, one of Tonpa Shenrab's eight sons and the source of all healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine lineage according to Bön. Gradually it was passed through masters in a continuous lineage down to the founder of the original Menri Monastery, Nyammed Sherab Gyaltsen,
and all the subsequent holders of that lineage and has been preserved unbroken to the present day.

While Tonpa Shenrab was in the process of giving teachings, his body began to turn blue, the special color of Menlha, the Bön Medicine deity. Menlha possesses the perfect body (dzo ku). He sits resplendent in his ceremonial robes and lotus crown on a lotus throne supported by two white elephants. Menlha’s right hand holds a Yung Drung Chakshing. His left hand is in a meditation posture holding the Arura (principle seed of healing) still in use today. He sits in the Vajra cross-legged position and gazes toward the west. All beings receiving the blessings of these teachings shall be healed.

Mantra

OM NA MA SE LA AMITA SE GYER DUN PUNG

OM A HUNG RAM DZA SAMAYA TITA LHEN

(In order to receive the best healing from any medicine or supplement, it is helpful to believe in the ability of the medicine to provide healing power. One may repeat this mantra many times before taking the medicine.)
THOUGH A MAN BE LEARNED
IF HE DOES NOT APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE
HE RESEMBLES THE BLIND MAN
WHO WITH A LAMP IN THE HAND CANNOT SEE THE ROAD
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Re: Medicine Buddha - Men Lha

Postby Tenzin1 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:21 am

What is he holding in his right hand? It doesn't look like the usual medicinal plant in the iconography of the other traditions. It doesn't look like he's holding a bowl of medicines in his left hand, either. Can you tell us more about the iconography?
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Re: Medicine Buddha - Men Lha

Postby kalden yungdrung » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:30 pm

Tenzin1 wrote:What is he holding in his right hand? It doesn't look like the usual medicinal plant in the iconography of the other traditions. It doesn't look like he's holding a bowl of medicines in his left hand, either. Can you tell us more about the iconography?



Tashi delek T1,

The Sangye Menla,holds in his right hand the Yungdrung.

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According Dmitri Ermakovi:
(who does also make some transcripts from Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche's teachings)

Swastika in the Prehistoric Bön of Eurasia and Bө Murgel
The swastika is a very important symbol in the Prehistoric Bön of Eurasia, and in Mongol-Buryat Bө Murgel in particular. In Bө Murgel the swastika is called has tamga - 'jade stamp'. This name, no doubt, arose at the time when precious jade was exported from Siberia to China along the Jade Route, a trade route connecting the Glazkovskaya culture of South Siberia (which included Lake Baikal) and the Shan-Yin Empire in China in the 2nd millennium BC. Many images of has tamga are found all over the Great Steppe, in particular in Mongolia, Inner Mongolia and Amdo, on so-called Deer Stones, large standing stones dated at roughly the same period as the Jade Route. The has tamga of Modern Bө Murgel turns to the left whereas the prevailing ritual movement of Modern Bө Murgel is to the right. This contradiction is also addressed and resolved in Bө and Bön.

Swastika in Yungdrung Bön
The swastika is an extremely important symbol in Yungdrung Bön, all the more so because the Tibetan name for swastika - yungdrung - forms part of its name.

Thus Yungdrung Bön could be translated as the Religion of the Swastika. In Yungdrung Bön, the swastika is rich in symbolism. Primarily, it represents the unchangeable, indestructible state, Buddha-nature, the Nature of Mind, the fundamental ground of existence, light. The 4 arms and the centre of the yungdrung also represent the 4 directions and the centre, as well as the 5 purified elements which appear as the dimensions of the 5 Buddha-clans of 5 colours.

These are further symbolised by the 5 seed-syllables (in this case in the language of Zhang Zhung) marking each of the 5 sections within the Yungdrung.
THOUGH A MAN BE LEARNED
IF HE DOES NOT APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE
HE RESEMBLES THE BLIND MAN
WHO WITH A LAMP IN THE HAND CANNOT SEE THE ROAD
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