Practice With our Global Sangha this Medicine Buddha Day!

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Medicine Buddha day falls on the 8th day of every lunar month. In November 2021, Medicine Buddha day fell on November 12th. Medicine Buddha or Bhaiṣajyaguru visualization has been practiced in many forms of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. He is particularly associated with the power to help heal and dispel the subtle and gross sufferings of illness and disease. In this time of the continuing global pandemic, we can take the opportunity to offer our practice as healing energy for all those who are suffering.

This month, Samye Institute invited our sangha to come together to recall the Medicine Buddha on this auspicious occasion. Some sangha members chose to recite the root-sutra of Medicine Buddha practice, The Detailed Account of the Previous Aspirations of the Blessed Bhaiṣajya­guru­vaiḍūrya­prabha, while others chose to simply recite the mantra of the Medicine Buddha (teyata om bhekanze bhekanze maha bhekanze radza samudgaté soha).

Samye Institute’s free Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying resources feature an entire unit devoted to Medicine Buddha practice. Our partners at Akara Collection offer a beautiful Medicine Buddha Thangka to support your practice.

Samye Institute is delighted to announce that our sangha collectively meditated for over 12 hours this Medicine Buddha Day! Be sure to check back soon for the next Commit to Sit event!

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.