Pavardigar wrote:Hi all,
Have been around Buddhism for a while now, namely Theravada. Thought I have recently started my journey down the Mahayana path, esp. Deity Yoga. I need some tips from the Sanga here as to what could be going wrong with my visualizations. When I visualize the Medicine Buddha in front of me or inside my head I am able to open my third eye. Being selfless, only the Buddha's power resonates within me, or at least that is what I visualise. However when I try and become the Medicine Buddha, as in we are completely one nothing seems to occur. None of my power centres open up. Nada, zip.
So I guess my question is what am I doing wrong? I am new to the whole Deity Yoga thing so I'm sure something is up? Hope you can help?
Forget about the power centers, they are not really a part of uncommon Mahayana (Vajrayana) and they are definitely not a part of common Mahayana. Of course deity yoga is not a part of common Mahayana either. Medicine Buddha is sort of a cross between common and uncommon Mahayana according to lamas like Thrangu Rinpoche.
Medicine Buddha practice is subtle but the main effect is to cure the disease of our defilements and bring us to perfect enlightenment. Medicine Buddha practice can also have subsidiary effects on improved health and improved circumstances for ourselves and others.
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes
"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."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche