Medicine Buddha and the 
Medicine Buddha Empowerment 
I beseech you, compassionate Medicine Guru, holding in your left hand a bowl of nectar, symbolizing your vow to give the glorious undying nectar -- of the Dharma -- which eliminates the degenerations of old age, sickness and death, please grant me your blessings.

The Medicine Buddha - Empowerment
Teachings on the Medicine Buddha
The Medicine Buddha in Tibetan Medicine
Medicine Buddha Images on the Internet
Tibetan Medicine Pages

The Buddha of Healing and Medicine:
Embodiment of the Healing Power 
of a Compassionate Heart and an Awakened Mind 

IMAGE OF THE MEDICINE BUDDHAIn Tibetan images of the Medicine Buddha the left hand typically holds a blooming myrobalan plant. Tibetan medicine recognises three basic types of illness, the root causes of which are the conflicting emotions -- passion, agression, and ignorance. Myrobalan is the only herb in the Tibetan pharmacopea that can aid in healing each of these three types of diseases. This is like the action of the Buddha of Healing, who has the power to see the true cause of any affliction, whether spiritual, physical or psychological, and who does whatever is necessary to alleviate it. 
Medicine Buddha Sangye Menla
Teachings on the Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha in Tibetan Medicine
Meditation on the Medicine Buddha
Mandala of the Medicine Buddha

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Medicine Buddha Empowerment 

Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Wangdak
Medicine Buddha Initiation
Middletown, Connecticut
July 8 - Sunday, 10:00AM-3:00PM / $15.00 donation / 860 346-6136

H.H. Penor Rinpoche
Thursday, July 28:  McDonough, New York
Medicine Buddha Empowerment / (607) 656-4645

August 25th, Saturday: Dallas, Texas
Medicine Buddha Empowerment

2:00 - 5:00 PM 
Considered by Tibetan Buddhists to be the most powerful blessing for healing, dispelling sickness and for awakening the innate healing wisdom that lies within every individual.

Please let us know if you learn of upcoming
Medicine Buddha Empowerments
anywhere in the world.

The practice of the Medicine Buddha meditation (sadhana) is said to be much more effective when one has received the Medicine Buddha Empowerment from a qualified lama (Tibetan Buddhist meditation master). 

This empowerment is given periodically at various Tibetan Buddhist centers around the world. It can be taken with the intention of practicing the Medicine Buddha meditation (sadhana) or as a blessing. In either case it would be expected to enhance ones practical and spiritual efforts for the healing of oneself or others.

In general, a Tibetan Buddhist empowerment (Tibetan: lung; Sanskrit: abisheka) sets up an intimate relationship with three members: the practitioner (meditator), the vajra master (lama), and a particular embodiment of awakened mind, which is an aspect of the practitioner's (and the vajra master's) true nature.

Specifically, in this case the facet of the practitioner's true nature which is being invited to awaken is the Medicine Buddha aspect.

Different transmission lineages, or 'sects,' of Tibetan Buddhism may use different forms of the Buddha images and mandalas, and the meditation practices or sadhanas may vary as well. Specifically, the images shown here and on the pages titled Meditation on the Medicine Buddha and Mandala of the Medicine Buddha may not be appropriate for a particular empowerment. Appropriate images and texts will be available at the empowerment.
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Teachings on the Medicine Buddha


Teachings on the Medicine Buddha Sadhana
given by the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

This superb 50-page article is presented in the Shenpen Ösel online dharma magazine. Click on VOLUME 4, NUMBER 1 JUNE 2000.

This free online magazine is not a Web page -- it requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (a 2 mb download). The June, 2000, issue of Shenpen Ösel is about 1600 killobytes. You have to download all of it before you can see any of it.

Medicine Buddha: Healer of Outer and Inner Sckness
by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Tibetan Medicine Conference Tapes Available

Audiotape recordings of many presentations and public discussions from the First International Congress on Tibetan Medicine, held in Washington, D.C. in November of 1998, are available from
Conference Recording Service

TMC98-004 Medicine Buddha Teaching and Meditation
TMC98-032 Morning Medicine Buddha Meditation

TMC98-034 Teachings of the Medicine Buddha


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The Medicine Buddha in Tibetan Medicine

Excerpts from The Art of Healing: A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective, by Bonnie Pasqualoni.

"Thus, the distant causes of the diseases are seated in the past mental environment which was influenced by "afflictive emotions"--mental factors that are the root cause of all illness. While these factors are impossible to enumerate, they are all the consequences of ignorance (Donden, p.15). Ignorance generates other negative states of mind such as desire, hatred, jealousy and pride. Such negative emotions drive our mentations, and our mentations contribute to our suffering."

"Understanding one's emotions is an essential part of the Buddhist journey to full awakening and freedom form unwanted conditions of all sorts. However, since most of us have very little ability to work with our emotional energies without creating negative experiences, medicines and other remedies are required." 

"The Tibetan physician focuses his attention on spiritual factors even in the treatment of the simplest illnesses. Every Tibetan physician vows to 'regard medicine as an offering to the Medicine Buddha and all other medicine deities' and considers his 'medical instruments as holy objects' (Dummer, p. xix). Even the pharmaceuticals, which are mixtures of vegetable, animal and mineral compounds, are prepared with meticulous attention to religious ritual." 

"One can also petition the healing powers of the Medicine Buddha by visualization practices .... Even the name of the Medicine Buddha is believed to have the power to free one from the pattern of negative thoughts and emotions. Healing can occur just by speaking, hearing or concentrating on his name. Thus, for example, conceited persons will become humble, greedy persons will become charitable and those who cause dissent will become cooperative and loving just by hearing or saying his name." 

"Some examples of ritual involving the Medicine Buddha which are believed to have a curative or strengthening influence for the ill include meditating upon the deep blue color of lapis lazuli; making puja offerings of flowers and incense to the image of the deity; mentally or physically constructing an image of the deity; playing musical instruments and chanting; reading sutras; constructing altars, mandalas or banners; and lighting lamps."

"The significance of the Medicine Buddha as the Supreme Healer in Tibetan medicine for liberating the individual from suffering is an exemplary metaphor for the mystical elements which are universally inherent in the healing tradition. The tradition is truly a holistic approach to the problem of suffering, both individual suffering and suffering as a universal condition."

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Medicine Buddha Images on the Internet
The blue-colored image of Medicine Buddha Sangye Menla and the other seven Medicine Buddhas, at the top of this page, is from our Menla Center for Natural Medicine page.

The orange-colored image of Medicine Buddha Parantaj, above, came from the Galery of Tibetan Art at Dharma Center in Finland (no longer available on the Web). Click here to see a larger image.

The Dharmapala Centre School of Thangka Painting site in Denmark offers images of the Medicine Buddha and the Central Palace of the Medicine Buddha and the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha. Each includes detailed description of various aspects of the painting -- the extensive description of the central palace includes eighteen pages of enlarged details with descriptive text.  Also at this site are several Medical Thangkas used for training students of Tibetan medicine.

A fine traditional thangka of the Medicine Buddha is available at the Web site of the Dutch Foundation for Tibetan Medicine. 

The Virtual Thangka Gallery at the Osel Shen Phen Ling Web site has a Medicine Buddha image that was created entirely in the computer. (All these other images were scanned from photographs of thanka paintings.)

The Medicine Buddha is not the only Buddha who promotes healing. One very beautiful statue of the Buddha Amitabha has a powerful healing effect on some people. Accounts of some of these experiences are given at Causal Origin for Distribution of the Holy Image of Healing Buddha: Holy image of Healing Buddha that has displayed inspirational incidents.
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