Medicine Buddha Puja
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.
The Medicine Buddha Puja is open to everyone. It is an especially good puja to perform on behalf of sick, dying or even deceased people.
Many eons ago, seven bodhisattvas strongly prayed for the temporal and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings, that their names become wish-fulfilling in order to heal both the mental and physical sicknesses and diseases of sentient beings. They vowed that their prayers will be actualised during these degenerate times when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are in decline. When they became enlightened, one of the ten powers of a buddha is the power of prayer – that means that all the prayers that have been made get fulfilled. As the Buddha’s holy speech is irrevocable, you can wholly trust in their power to quickly grant blessings to help all sentient beings in these degenerate times. They are called the Seven Medicine Buddhas, the main one being “ Medicine Buddha, King of LapisLight”. Buddha Shakyamuni taught the teachings on the Medicine Buddha, and according to one tradition, is also considered as one of the Medicine Buddhas, and hence the Eight Medicine Buddhas.
The seven Medicine Buddhas manifested in order to pacify the obstacles to the achievement of temporary happiness, liberation and the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment. They are powerful in healing diseases as well as for purification. The Medicine Buddha practice can be used to help purify those who have already died and liberate them from suffering. It is also very powerful in bringing about success, both temporary and ultimate.
Puja means “offering” in Sanskrit.
We’re all very familiar with traditional ways of welcoming someone we value highly into our homes. We’d clean and make our home very beautiful. We’d prepare delicious food and drinks and attend to everything we could think of to offer them and bring them pleasure.
“It’s the same in a puja. We’re saying welcome, we’re so happy you’ve come. Please would you like something to eat and drink – we’ve prepared this for you. Then we’d settle in for a chat. We tell our guests we’ve been struggling with a few things, personal illness or the illness or loss of a loved one, Samsaric struggles like our afflictive emotions and that sometimes we haven’t been so skillful – we’ve harmed ourselves or others and we wish we’d done things differently.
Then we happily tell our guests about the times we were able to be kind and loving, and we say we’d like to be able to do it more often. Then we tell them we’re still struggling so it would help us if the buddhas could stay and show us how to develop love, compassion and all the qualities we need to be of real use to other beings.”
Join us as we share this beautiful prayer offering.
If you wish to make a financial donation toward our pujas, or put someone on our Gendun Drubpa Prayer List, please go to https://gendundrubpa.org/pujas-prayers/
When attending pujas, you are encouraged to bring a food or floral offering.
Please bring an item for our food bank collection.
For more information on pujas click here:
Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre Prayer List
If you would like to add someone to our prayer list, please use the form below. Please let us know if it is a person or an animal, date of death or if they are ill or experiencing difficulties in life.
Pujas are offered by donation