“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” -Dalai Lama
Today I was blessed to class assist Lama Migmar Tseten at the New York Open Center for his teachings on the Medicine Buddha. Lama Tseten has been the Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University since 2007 and has a wonderful sense of humor beautifully illustrating modern Buddha Nature; also known as the achievement of Enlightenment which brings complete and genuine happiness. Cuz let’s face it, we can’t fully help others until we ourselves rise above suffering. To help us rise up, the Medicine Buddha Empowerment was bestowed upon the class. According to Buddha’s teachings this connects sentient beings to the healing energies of the enlightened light body of the Medicine Buddha. The archetypal figure and practices of the Medicine Buddha, known as the “guru of physicians” were first introduced to Tibet by the Indian Nalanda master Shantarakshita in the eighth century, and have become a powerful spiritual healing practice in Tibetan Buddhism.
In many practices spiritual names are given. In Buddhism they all begin with Kunga which means joyful. These names are sorta channeled by the Lama for the individual seeking refuge. Lama Tseten assigned the name Kunga Dolma which means ‘Joyfull Freedom‘ to me- not to be confused with the little rice stuffed olive leaf I literally did eat on the train back to Jersey. But definitely a fit for ‘America’s Holistic Sweetheart’.
I would like to share The Concise Medicine Buddha Sadhana with youZ guyZ ova here. Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice which translates to ‘a means of accomplishing something’ or ‘disciplining oneself’. You’ll see the word Guru in it which refers to a teacher but translated from Sanskrit means ‘heavy’ and as per Lama Tseten refers to being ‘heavy with transmissions’. You’ll also see Dharma which can mean ‘teachings’ or ‘what we have to learn’. Most of youZ know the buZZzzword, Karma and what I liked about today’s teachings was that we went down a rabbit hole regarding how your life’s timeline is based on Karma and how you can transmute or change it if you own it and seek refuge before it is fully fruited. Oh and Samsara is the cycle of death and rebirth btw.
Recite Refuge 3x
We go for refuge to the holy glorious Guru,
We go for refuge to the Blessed One, the perfectly accomplished Buddha,
We go for refuge to the holy Dharma,
We go for refuge to the Noble Sangha.
Recite bodhicitta 3x
In order to liberate all wandering mother sentient beings from samsara,
I must attain complete enlightenment.
For that , I will practice this profound yoga, the path of all the Buddhas.
Recite four immeasurables 3x
May all sentient beings possess happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separate from the joy free from suffering.
May all sentient beings remain in equanimity free of attachment and aversion.
Recite mantra as much as possible:
(Mantra in Sanskrit means ‘sacred message’ and is a repeated phrase to help with meditation and focus)
Tadyatha om bhaishajye bhaishajye maha bhaisajye raja samudgate svaha
With this virtue, may all living beings having accomplished the accumulation of merit and wisdom, obtain two sublime kåyas that come from merit and wisdom.
(Kaya in Sanskrit means ‘body’ but could also signify a field or dimensions.)
Wana know my favorite word in Sanskrit?! It’s >>Juti<< and you gotta click the word to find out what it meanZ!
AnywayZ hope you found some inner-sight within this post and enJOY my short clip with Lama Tseten. Stay tuned cuZ we’re gonna Holistic Health Crusade to do a full feature for “Think Healthy” with him in the fall.
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