Many people are familiar with the concept of meditation, although few know how to put it into practice in daily life according to the instructions of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. It is one thing to know a method or two on how to calm the mind, yet it is of utmost importance to know the benefits of doing so, such as: Why should one wish to meditate in the first place? What is the proper motivation and attitude? What particular qualities should one aim to achieve?
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The Medicine Buddha tradition was brought to Tibet from India in the 8th century by the great Indian Buddhist master, the abbot Shantarakshita of Nalanda (725–788 C.E.), who gave the teachings to the Tibetan king Trisong Deutsen. The abbot’s aim was to increase the welfare of Tibet: to improve health, prevent disease, give protection against black magic, and protect the ecological system from natural disasters.
Medicine Buddha embodies the healing energy of all enlightened beings. He is a dark blue, the colour of lapis lazuli, and wears monastic robes while sitting on a lion throne. In his left hand he holds a begging bowl containing an arura fruit, which Ayurvedic physicians considered suitable for treating all illnesses. In his right hand he holds a sprig from an arura tree. To this day the plant is used in Tibetan, Chinese, and other herbal medicines.
When taking the Bodhisattva vow, as is traditional when receiving a Vajrayana-level empowerment such as Medicine Buddha, it's important to have the attitude of awakening, the altruistic motivation to walk on the path of awakening for the sake of all sentient beings by practicing loving kindness and compassion.
For those who intend to practice the Medicine Buddha sadhana, you will need to purchase the sadhana, i.e. meditation text. The cost is $16 and you should submit your payment to Lama Nyugu by July 1. Lama Nyugu can be reached at Fierro_roman@yahoo.com or (707) 601-5466.
Questions and Answers period before closing.
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or $20 per teaching session *
Rinpoche will continue to teach on the Medicine Buddha sadhana.
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Rinpoche joins the Arcata Sangha for our traditional Chenrezig practice.
Whoever needs a sadhana(meditation text) forMedicine Buddha practice should contact Lama Nyugu atFierro_roman@yahoo.comor (707) 601-5466.Cost for sadhana is $16.
It is auspicious to have such a great master of the Buddhist teachings present in our area. To receive his teachings and blessings is a benefit not only to our happiness in this life, but for our future lives as well if we practice like he has. Many students of his in the Humboldt County area work hard to make Lama's visits a happy and meaningful occasion. If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact:
Lama Nyugu at Fierro_roman@yahoo.com , (707) 601-5466
Henry and Mody Hollomon at email@example.com , (707) 822-4756
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