Medicine Buddha Puja – Relieves All Physical And Mental Sufferings
About puja

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.

Items/samagri required

The Medicine Buddha fire puja is performed to purify the all living beings and the environment. Peace and harmony in the world is enhanced by this fire puja and the participants are bestowed with blessings. It blesses everybody with wisdom and compassion. Offerings are made to remove obstacles lying in the path of enlightenment like broken promises, pledges and vows. The offerings that have separate meanings and purposes are given below:

  1. Melted butter – For increasing the life span, prosperity and merits. The Vajra Master leading the puja assumes that the Fire God will help in achieving these aims
  2. Incense sticks – For removing obstacles hindering prosperity and well being. They are offered in pairs and care is taken so that both sticks have the top and bottom sides in the same order
  3. Couch grass – For increasing the life span. It increases the brightness of the Medicine Buddha
  4. Kush – Also for increasing the Medicine Buddha’s brightness
  5. Sesame seeds – For removing non-virtues
  6. Rice – For increasing merit
  7. Rice with curd – For increasing happiness
  8. Kusha grass – For protection from impurities
  9. Mustard seed – For clearing obstacles
  10. Barley – For gaining speed in accomplishments
  11. Lentils – For increasing strength
  12. Wheat – For overcoming illnesses
  13. Mixture of special substances – For Increasing wisdom

 

Puja vidhi/how to do

Pujas can be performed for the dying, the deceased, the ill, and to achieve success in daily life. The three types of obstacles that have to be removed by this puja are worldly obstacles that affect daily life, inner obstacles that affect physical and mental health and secret obstacles that affect the achievement of enlightenment. You can ask a lama or person who is knowledgeable enough about the type of puja you should d to remove the obstacle. The steps of performing the puja are:

An auspicious day of the Tibetan month is chosen for the puja. The puja is performed on the same day every month. The steps followed by monks of the Kopan monastery for making requests to the “Assembly of Seven Medicine gurus” are given below:

  1. It starts with the recitation of “Namo Gurubya”
  2. Refuge is requested, and the generation of Bodhicitta is performed next. The monk recites the prayer to seek refuge at the feet of the Supreme Guru, the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The monk gives a declaration that he is going to request the “Seven Sugatas” for attaining Buddhahood to benefit all living creatures.
  3. The next step is to visualize the “Seven Tathagatas” who are the “Medicine Guru”, the “King of Clear Knowing”, the “Melodious Ocean of Dharma Proclaimed” and the “Supreme Glory Free from Sorrow”. The “Stainless Excellent Gold”, the “King of Melodious Sound”, and the “Glorious Renown of Excellent Signs” are also included.
  4. The next step is to offer the “Seven Limbs” where the monk prostrates before the “Assembly of Protectors” with the body, speech, and mind. The monk puts forward all that things that he has to offer which have been selected by using the power of imagination, wisdom, and mantra. These offerings are dedicated to the acquiring of enlightenment.
  5. Next the monk requests the “Great Assembly of Blessed ones” to fulfill promises made in the Buddha Shankyamuni’s teachings and asks to be shown the truth. The monk prays to all the “Tathagatas” to help him achieve enlightenment.
  6. After this comes the recitation of the mantra while counting rosary beads.
  7. Dedication is done at the end where the monk dedicates himself to the betterment of all living creatures with help from the “Assembly of Seven Sugatas”.
Mantra

The mantra for doing Medicine Buddha puja

Tayatha Om Bekandzey Bekandzey Maha Bekandzey Radza Samugate

In English it means:

May the many sentient beings who are sick,

quickly be freed from sickness.

And may all the sicknesses of beings

Never arise again.

 

Benefits

The benefits of doing this puja are as follows:

  1. Obstacles to temporary happiness can be removed paving the way for a peaceful life.
  2. Once you attain peace of mind, you are free to proceed towards complete mental liberation and final enlightenment and ultimate happiness.
  3. Various mental and physical diseases can be cured by performing this puja.
  4. The souls of people who have already died can be relieved of all kinds of suffering and can be set free.
  5. You can succeed in your daily activities and whatever you want to achieve in life by performing this puja.