People who have received enlightenment use Medicine Buddha to heal people who are suffering from illness or relieve who are already dead from suffering. The energy to perform Medicine Buddha puja was bestowed upon them when they prayed strongly for it so that they can help others by relieving of their sufferings. The puja is performed to cure both mental and physical illnesses, as well as create a better environment for the living. Normally, it is done in English, but if it is led by high-ranking Tibetan monk, then it is done in the Tibetan language.
Days of holding the puja
Any auspicious day in the Tibetan calendar is fit for holding the puja. The Samten is a Tibetan scholar and spiritual leader of Buddhist people. He is one of the only 30 people in this world who can teach the art of Tibetan sand painting. The puja is held daily by the Venerable Samten and the other members of the staff in the “Land of Medicine Buddha”. To allow the general public to participate in the prayer, the day that is selected is normally Sunday. Prior notice is given about the venue and timing when the puja will be performed so that everybody who is interested can attend.
The legend behind the puja
Many eons from now, seven “bodhisaattyas” performed prayers so that they are blessed with happiness forever. They also wanted to be blessed with the power to fulfill wishes made by others when they wanted to be cured of physical and mental diseases. They wanted their prayers to be granted to uphold the teachings of the “Shakhyamuni Buddha” which people had started to abandon. The power of getting prayers granted is one the ten powers that every enlightened being possesses. With this power, the “enlightened one” can get all prayers granted.
Acceptance of prayers
The “Buddha” had mentioned in his holy speech that all prayers asked by the “enlightened ones” would be granted. He bestowed the power of healing on the seven “bodhisattyas” who came to be known as the “Seven Medicine Buddhas”. Buddha Shakyamuni is known as the eighth “Medicine Buddha” as he was the one who propagated the teachings of the “Medicine Buddha”. The one called the “Lapis Buddha of Medicine” or the “King of Light” is the main one out of the seven Medicine Buddhas.
Using the power
The power that was bestowed upon them was used by the seven “bodhisattyas” to bring happiness into this world and to liberate the spirit. The liberated spirit could then reach full enlightenment that gave ultimate mental peace and happiness. During the period when teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha had reached low ebb they went about healing people and cured them of many diseases that led to the revival of the faith. They liberated the souls of people who had already died and delivered them from the suffering that they were undergoing due to the effect of the materialistic world. The souls were purified and allowed to enter the gates of heaven.