Vows of Medicine Buddhas

When we perform the puja, we start with the Buddha on the far left (as you face the altar) and go one by one reciting the name of each Buddha and asking them to fulfill their promises, all the way up to Shakyamuni Buddha on the far right. See their individual vows below.


1) Medicine Buddha Renowned Glorious King of Excellent Signs (Supari Kirtita Nama Shri Raja)

Of glorious renown; of glorious features; gold in colour, in the mudra of giving protection.

  • For the benefit of those tormented by disease, epidemics, pressured by killers, by the living dead and by fears of all kinds
  • For those struck by blindness, deafness, madness, skin disease and all vicious illnesses
  • For the deluded by desire, hatred and ignorance, who have committed the five heinous acts, those who have abandoned dharma.
  • For those fallen into poverty, without food, drink, cloths, money, grain, bedding, incense, garlands, and all necessities of life
  • For those beaten, bound, cast into prison, tormented by an array of weapons
  • For those tormented by heat, cast among lions, tigers, bears and snakes in fear of their lives
  • For those involved in the terrors of war, fights and conflicts
  • For those lost at sea, thrown into the waves of the ocean, uttering cries of despair

2) Medicine Buddha King of Melodious Sound, Brilliant Radiance of Skill, Adorned with Jewels, Moon and Lotus (Svaragosa Raja)

Master of melodious sound; yellow in colour, in the mudra of granting the supreme

  • For the benefit of those whose love of business and commerce has led them to distraction, away from the Bodhi mind
  • For those tormented by cold, heat, hunger and thirst
  • For women whose bodies are tormented by pain and for those who suffer at birth
  • For those tormented by death, enemies and isolation
  • For parents, families and friends lost in grief
  • For those wandering in the darkness, persecuted by demons
  • For those of little intelligence, confused and attracted to base things
  • For those who, at the end of the aeon, when the world burns, suffer alone without protection

3) Medicine Buddha Stainless Excellent Gold, Great Jewel Who Accomplishes All Vows (Suvarna Bhadra Vimala)

Of the best and purest of gold; of the colour of the golden waters of the Jambu; in the mudra of teaching Dharma

  • For the benefit of those who have killed and are destined to suffer much illness, a short life, to be killed by water, poisons, weapons, fire and disease
  • For those who have stolen and are destined to live in poverty, plagued by hunger, thirst and lack of clothes
  • For those who fight and kill each other with minds of hatred
  • For those blinded by desire, hatred and ignorance, who are devoid of morality and live evil lives

4) Medicine Buddha Supreme Glory Free from Sorrow (Ashokottama Shri Raja)

Of the glory that is freedom from pain. Pale red in colour; in the mudra of meditative equipoise

  • For the benefit of those in grief, suffering, sad and troubled
  • For those reborn or to be reborn in the blackness of the great hells
  • For those who stole and were reborn in poor families, devoid of clothing, food, drink, bedding and ornaments, tormented by heat, cold, hunger and thirst
  • For those persecuted by demons, spirits and ghosts that rob them of their health

5) Medicine Buddha Melodious Ocean of Proclaimed Dharma (Dharma Kirti Sagara )

Proclaimer of Dharma, ocean of melodious sound. Pink in colour; in the mudra of teaching Dharma

  • For those born into families of wrong views, with no faith in the three Jewels
  • For those who have not heard the sounds of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; born in distant lands under the influence of wrong teachings
  • For those bereft of clothing, ornaments, incense, garlands, ointments, bedding and medicine, and who live lives of non virtue
  • For those who, by the force of ripening karma, argue, fight and harm each other with weapons

6) Medicine Buddha Delightful King of Clear Knowing, Supreme Wisdom of an Ocean of Dharma (Abhijnya Raja)

Supreme in knowledge; of the colour of coral; in the mudra of granting the supreme

  • For those working in the fields and in business who argue and fight
  • For those who have taken the path of the ten non virtues and are to be reborn in hell
  • For those under the oppression of others, punished, bound and beaten, thrown into prisons and condemned to death
  • For those of a short life who commit many wrongs

7) Medicine Buddha Guru King of Lapis Light (Bhaishajya Guru)

The light of Lapis, the guru of medicine. Blue in colour, in the mudra of granting the supreme

  • To be adorned by the 112 signs and marks of an enlightened being
  • For those on wrong paths and on lesser paths
  • For those with deformed bodies, senses impaired, of mottled and bad skin, crippled limbs, hunchbacked, blind, deaf, dumb, insane and struck by illness
  • For those tormented by illness, without refuge or guide, lacking the necessities of life, medicine and the support of friends
  • For those who, condemned by the fires of hunger and thirst, commit many wrongs in their pursuit of sustenance
  • For those without clothes, living in poverty, persecuted day and night by the heat, flies and wasps

8) Shakyamuni Buddha

The mighty prince of the Sakya clan: of the colour gold; in the mudra of pressing the earth who gave the Medicine Buddha mantra and promised that those who supplicated the seven tathagata Medicine Buddhas and recited the mantra 8’000 times would be freed from all obscurations formed by past deeds, would not be struck down by illness, would enjoy a long life with no untimely death, free from the harms of death, enemies, arguments, fighting and separation; and would not fall into the hands of oppressors and that all wishes would come true

Extracted and translated from the middle length sadhana, by Gavin Kilty, 2001.