Medicine Buddha is popularly known as Bhaisayaguru in Sanskrit. He is best described in the Medicine Buddha sutra as the Buddha who took 12 great vows after the attainment of the Enlightenment. He is also regarded as the Buddha of the eastern pure land of Vaiduryanirbhasaor Pure Lapis Lazuli. Mostly, he is attended by two other bodhisattvas, Suryaprabha and Candraprabha, symbolizing the light of the sun and the light of the moon respectively.
“Medicine Buddha’s 12 great vows”
Medicine Buddha took twelve great vows after attaining enlightenment. These vows are mentioned in the Medicine Buddha which is as follows:
To illuminate countless realms with his radiance, enabling anyone to become a Buddha just like him.
To awaken the minds of sentient beings through his light of lapis lazuli.
To provide the sentient beings with whatever material needs they require.
To correct heretical views and inspire beings toward the path of the Bodhisattva.
To help beings follow the Moral Precepts, even if they failed before.
To heal beings born with deformities, illness or other physical sufferings.
To help relieve the destitute and the sick.
To help women who wish to be reborn as men achieve their desired rebirth.
To help heal mental afflictions and delusions.
To help the oppressed be free from suffering.
To relieve those who suffer from terrible hunger and thirst.
To help clothe those who are destitute and suffering from cold and mosquitoes.
Practice of Medicine Buddha Healing
In regard to the school of Buddhism, Medicine Buddha is mostly venerated in Mahayana Buddhism and its form. In this Buddhism, he is regarded as the Buddha of healing and medicine. Therefore, the Buddhist monks and followers venerate the Buddha with the purpose to ease out one’s illness and suffering. They also practice Medicine Buddha’s healing method to increase healing powers for oneself and others.
In Chinese Buddhism, the Buddhists recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha to overcome mental, physical, and spiritual problems. Not only has the mantra, the people also recited the name of the Medicine Buddha. But the practice in the Tibetan Buddhism is quite different. It is seen that the practitioner allow the patient to recite the long Medicine Buddha mantra 108 times over a glass of water. After the completion of the recitation, the patient is allowed to drink the water believing that the water is now blessed by the power of the mantra and the Medicine Buddha. This practice is continued until the illness is cured. These practices have conducted either seating in front of the Medicine Buddha statues or in calm and peaceful place.
Dr lavina Gupta is specialist in “reiki classes” and giving “classes on reiki” in delhi centres. She is also having major session for the whole day on 3rd may 2020 on “medicine budha”