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'''Buddha of Medicine''' (Skt. ''Bhaiṣajyagurubuddha''; Tib. ''Sangyé Menla''; [[Wyl.]] ''sangs rgyas sman bla'') — an important [[buddha]] in the [[Mahayana]], whose main initial vow as a [[bodhisattva]] was to become able to completely free all [[sentient beings]] from their illnesses. In [[Tibetan Buddhism]], he is central to the ''[[Four Medical Tantras]]'', which are the basis of Tibetan medicine, and to many [[sadhana]]s of healing.
 
'''Buddha of Medicine''' (Skt. ''Bhaiṣajyagurubuddha''; Tib. ''Sangyé Menla''; [[Wyl.]] ''sangs rgyas sman bla'') — an important [[buddha]] in the [[Mahayana]], whose main initial vow as a [[bodhisattva]] was to become able to completely free all [[sentient beings]] from their illnesses. In [[Tibetan Buddhism]], he is central to the ''[[Four Medical Tantras]]'', which are the basis of Tibetan medicine, and to many [[sadhana]]s of healing.
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When the Buddha of Medicine appears as a [[deity]] in sadhanas of healing, because deities are a means of communication the form or appearance of each deity reflects the different activities which they embody and in which they engage, and are determined by the aspirations they made at the time of their initial generation of bodhichitta.
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In the case of the Buddha of Medicine there is a specific set of twelve aspirations that relate to his primary motivation to remove the physical and mental suffering of beings in general, but primarily mental and physical illness caused through imbalance of the [[elements]].
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==Transmissions Given to the [[About Rigpa|Rigpa]] Sangha==
 
==Transmissions Given to the [[About Rigpa|Rigpa]] Sangha==
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==Internal Links==
 
==Internal Links==
 
*[[Buddha of Medicine mantra and dharani]]
 
*[[Buddha of Medicine mantra and dharani]]
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==Tibetan texts==
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* Derge [[Kangyur]], vol.87, ff.274r-283v., Wyl. ''phags pa bcom ldan 'das sman gyi bla bai DUR+Ya'i 'od kyi sngon gyi smon lam gyi khyad par rgyas pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo.''
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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
 
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Boundless Healing'' (Shambhala: Boston, 2001), Part Three, Chapter Eight: 'Meditation on the Healing Buddha', pages 131-171
 
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Boundless Healing'' (Shambhala: Boston, 2001), Part Three, Chapter Eight: 'Meditation on the Healing Buddha', pages 131-171
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==External Links==
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* [http://www.shenpen-osel.org/issue9.pdf Shenpen Osel Issue 9]
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* [http://www.shenpen-osel.org/issue10.pdf Shenpen Osel Issue 10]
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[[Category: Buddhas and Deities]]
 
[[Category: Buddhas and Deities]]
 
[[Category: Tibetan Medicine]]
 
[[Category: Tibetan Medicine]]

Revision as of 12:18, 22 May 2011

Buddha of Medicine (Skt. Bhaiṣajyagurubuddha; Tib. Sangyé Menla; Wyl. sangs rgyas sman bla) — an important buddha in the Mahayana, whose main initial vow as a bodhisattva was to become able to completely free all sentient beings from their illnesses. In Tibetan Buddhism, he is central to the Four Medical Tantras, which are the basis of Tibetan medicine, and to many sadhanas of healing.

When the Buddha of Medicine appears as a deity in sadhanas of healing, because deities are a means of communication the form or appearance of each deity reflects the different activities which they embody and in which they engage, and are determined by the aspirations they made at the time of their initial generation of bodhichitta.

In the case of the Buddha of Medicine there is a specific set of twelve aspirations that relate to his primary motivation to remove the physical and mental suffering of beings in general, but primarily mental and physical illness caused through imbalance of the elements.


Transmissions Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Internal Links

Tibetan texts

  • Derge Kangyur, vol.87, ff.274r-283v., Wyl. phags pa bcom ldan 'das sman gyi bla bai DUR+Ya'i 'od kyi sngon gyi smon lam gyi khyad par rgyas pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo.

Further Reading

  • Tulku Thondup, Boundless Healing (Shambhala: Boston, 2001), Part Three, Chapter Eight: 'Meditation on the Healing Buddha', pages 131-171

External Links