Do any of your sanghas practice Medicine Buddha regularly?

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Do any of your sanghas practice Medicine Buddha regularly?

Postby Luke » Tue May 11, 2010 8:55 pm

I was just curious if anyone's sangha does Medicine Buddha practices regularly.

About 20 members of my sangha and I received a Medicine Buddha empowerment and teachings from a visiting rinpoche last summer; however, no one else besides me seems to have kept up the practice.

I would like to set up some kind of Medicine Buddha practice group in my sangha, but unfortunately, the idea has been met with little interest because the other members are busy doing other practices. I think it's a shame that my sangha members no longer practice this because we received such an extensive Medicine Buddha empowerment from a rinpoche who was also a tulku. That Medicine Buddha retreat was the best moment of my life, so I guess I'm just looking to recreate that experience. Practicing on my own is okay, but practicing with others is even better.

Do you find that Medicine Buddha is also not so popular in your sanghas?

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Postby catmoon » Tue May 11, 2010 10:32 pm

My sangha doesn't seem to practice anything regularly, except the weekly meditations. Hardly anyone seems to attend more than a month or two. In the last year there has been Dorje Shugden and Medicine Buddha empowerments, but the one I could not attend and the other, well, I'm inclined to follow the Dalai Lama's instructions on that.

So instead I just do a seven limbed prayer and meditate, in a vaguely Lam Rim sort of way.
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Postby kirtu » Wed May 12, 2010 1:29 pm

And in the Sakya sangha Medicine Buddha empowerments are given all the time (at least once a year sometimes many times a year). In the Palyul sangha Padmasambhava as Medicine Buddha has been given at least twice since 2003 (maybe more as I have less contact with the Palyul tradition).

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Postby Josef » Wed May 12, 2010 4:24 pm

Hi Luke,
You will find that this happens often. People are attracted to empowerments but have an aversion to commitment.

Its good that you have taken up the practice. Stick with it.

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Postby Jangchup Donden » Mon May 17, 2010 7:56 am

does an extended Medicine Buddha practice once a month, although I haven't ever gone -- I don't have instruction on the practice and it's a long drive :) I'm already making the trip for Dakini Day and Guru Rinpoche day :P

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Postby Luke » Sun May 23, 2010 11:09 pm

I've started to notice a pattern: It seems that Medicine Buddha practice is most popular in the Sakya and Nyingma schools. Do the rest of you think this is a correct observation?

Although a Kagyu lama taught me the Medicine Buddha sadhana, the sadhana itself was from the Nyingma lineage.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
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Postby Devotee » Tue May 25, 2010 6:13 pm

The Medicine Buddha is very important to us.

Though our lineage is Linji (Zen, and not Esoteric), we still consider the Medicine Buddha Sutra to be one of the most important.

In fact, during the Rainy-Season retreat period, all temples under the Chung Tai Chan lineage recite the Medicine Buddha Sutra and Mantra daily.

The monastics in Chung Tai encourage this practice, and dedicate the merits to all beings who work for the Dharma, as well as a form of gratitude to all parents, teachers and benefactors.

The 3-month long Medicine Buddha practice for 2010 started last Saturday for us :p

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Postby Dhondrub » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:12 pm

Dear Luke,
in Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoches and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoches main European center on the German/Belgium border in November there will be a Menla practice weekend led by Lama Yönten Palsang, who is a fine Lama and a nice guy. http://www.benchen.org/en/benchen-phunt ... urses.html

Also in the polish Benchen Karma Kamtsang center near Warszaw the practice is done once a year I think, as Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche gave extensive teachings on the practice there in 2008. http://benchen.org.pl/index.php


These medicine Buddha teachings by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche might also interest you: http://www.shenpen-osel.org/issue9.pdf


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