Special Buddha Day: Lha bab du chen, The Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty-Three
Bhagavan with equal compassion for all,
Whose name, when merely heard, dispels the suffering of lower realms,
Dispeller of disease and the three poisons:
I prostrate to Medicine Buddha Lapis Light.
Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. Prayers to Medicine Buddha are especially powerful because of the extensive prayers they took to benefit sentient beings. They strongly prayed for the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings; they vowed that their prayers would be actualized during these times. It is said in the scriptures that in the degenerate times of this eon, such as now, the blessings of the Medicine Buddha becomes more powerful.
If we practice the seven limbs—prostration, making offerings, confession, rejoicing, requesting to turn the Dharma wheel, requesting not to pass away into the sorrowless state and dedicating the merits to achieve enlightenment—in relation to Medicine Buddha, we collect the same amount of merit as having practiced the seven limbs in relation to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. We get the same amount of merit has having done the seven limb practice in relation to every single one of the numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas.
You have offered respect and service to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. If you make offering to Medicine Buddha, you have made offering to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. The reference for that is this major teaching, this sutra from Buddha.
Also, another text, Men Gyu Rinchen Bumpa, says:
Reciting Medicine Buddha’s name and mantra one time becomes having recited the names and mantras of all the Tathagatas of the past, present and future.
We are doing this Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja as part of the instructions for pacifying earthquakes. It takes about 3 hours.
|Date(s):||Sunday, November 20|
|Times:||9:00 am - 12:00 pm|
|Type of event:||special event|
|Number of sessions:||1|
|Participation:||all are welcome|
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