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The Medicine Buddha and the Power of Healing

“The Medicine Buddha is a healing Buddha from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Many cultures have healing deities or rituals, and the Medicine Buddha is a profound practice for healing physical, mental, and emotional ailments. It is even more powerful when a group practices together, focusing on the loved one or person who needs healing. I have seen so many what could only be called miracles related to this practice.

Giving a simplified description of the practice, we can say that it begins with preliminary mantras and prayers and then—and this is the wonderful part—one visualizes the Medicine Buddha, blue in color like the Vaiduriya jewel. One then goes on to visualize the Medicine Buddha’s healing energy radiating in all directions, especially to the person named,

practicing the healing mantra Tadyatha Om Bhekhaze Bhekhaze Maha Bhekhaze Bhekhaze Radza Samungate Swaha for at least one mala or 108 repetitions, and then one dissolves into the “great seal of emptiness,” or rests the mind in the natural state, and dedicates the merit to all sentient beings. It is a beautiful, transformational sadhana which heals both the person who is the focus of attention as well as the practitioner. The practice is most effective when the person suffering is engaged in the process—they also practice the healing mantras and invite the healing in. ….

I [author of article] was raised Catholic, and we would do the rosary for people. In later years, my mom would phone me to say that a particular friend or relative was sick. She said, “Faith, you do the Medicine Buddha and I’ll do the rosary. We’ll tackle the illness from all sides.” I had a super-cool mom. We witnessed the results together.

This past year, my Sangha experienced two very traumatic health ordeals: a young man was thrown from a horse and his femur broke. He had successful surgery for the break but then, post-operative, while he was waiting to be moved to a room, his girlfriend saw his heart stop beating. She called for help, and while the doctors were able to restart his heart, they were afraid that the blood clot and his heart stopping were going to leave him in a state of permanent brain injury and warned the family that he may never be normal or even be able to walk again. Collectively, we began doing round-the-clock Medicine Buddha practice, with sangha members overseas pitching in during daylight hours that were nighttime here. Ben was in a coma for a month before regaining consciousness and immediately recognizing his girlfriend. Now, he is 98 per cent healed. We have no doubt that it was due to the practice. I had also painted a small Medicine Buddha to place at his bedside, to keep watch over him.”

Author: Faith Stone is a member of the Dakini As Art Collective. To learn more about Faith, her work, and Dakini As Art, please visit Dakini As Art.