Medicine Buddha Activities
This is to advise that as we are hosting our Annual Medicine Buddha
retreat (1st 12th Dec), we are not offering the Medicine Buddha
puja at 8 a.m. daily as usual.
Instead, people can join an individual session of the Medicine Buddha
practice (session times are: 9.00 a.m., 3.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. plus
Lama Chopa each morning at 6.30 a.m.), or come and do a full day of
retreat, or join the entire residential retreat at any point.
The dedication list normally read out at the morning puja, will be
read following the last session of each day, so that all the merits
created that day doing retreat, can be dedicated specifically to
those on that list.
This is a great time to make any requests for dedication for a family
member or friend, plus a monetary offering (which will go towards
supporting Sangha at Land of Medicine Buddha doing the retreat)
because the energy of a group of people doing Medicine Buddha
practice (or any practice) together, becomes even more powerful.
But please make sure you give us your name so we can check later to
see if the dedication is still required and if requesting dedication
for someone who has died, let us know the date of death as we offer
dedications for the following 49 days. (Without constant maintenance
and checking, our dedication list can become extremely long! So we
try to keep it to current needs.)
And following Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche's advice, the participants of
retreat will be blessing water by blowing on it immediately after
reciting Medicine Buddha's mantra each session. Rinpoche says
more mantras you recite, the more power your speech will have and the
more blessed your breath will be. Your breath will have power to
heal because of the power of mantra; the healing power comes from the
power of the Buddha's holy minds, which have compassion for all
living beings" .. "Each atom of the blessed water has
power to heal, and to heal not just disease, which is simply one
problem, but many other problems" Ultimate Healing by
So this is really a nice practice to help both yourself and others in
a very practical way.
And if you know someone who could use some of this blessed water
after the retreat, please let us know.