the great medicine buddha 01The eighth Demo Rinpoche Jamphel Gyatso, during his reign as the regent of Tibet, instructed that Sera Mey establish a special Medicinal Buddha Prayer. Accordingly, by keeping the rituals strictly in line with the Sutric tradition, this Medicinal Buddha Prayer was founded at Sera Mey. A complete Loelang [mentally constructed] Mandala of the eight Medicine Buddhas surrounded by all the retinues such as Boddhissatvas, Hearers, Solitary Realizers and so forth was envisioned and fulfilled through the compassionate direction of the late His Eminence Gyalrong Khensur Rinpoche Jestun Ngawang Thekchok.

Headed by Tibet’s regent Denmo Rinpoche and the abbot of Sera Mey,

on the 8th day of the 8th Tibetan month, this Great Drupchen Prayer wash held by the Tulkus and the Sangha of Sera Mey. It is said that when this ritual, reminding the eight aspects of the Medicine Buddha about their own special pledges at the time of the five generations, was first established, auspicious rays filled the vicinity as a sign of blessing; from then onwards, the whole of Tibet had stability and peace, and the common populace of Tibet remained free of epidemics for a long time. From the time of its establishment until now, this Drupchen has been graciously held at Sera Mey.

In this age of five degenerations when the world is captivated by wars, natural disasters, epidemics that torments all beings physically and mentally, the importance of the continuation of the Buddha Dharma in general, and this practice in particular, becomes even more relevant. As such, under the guidance of the most venerable Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Thekchok, an illustrate upholder of the tradition of the yellow hats, since 2003 a greater session of this prayer came to be held. The ritual in this is associated with the construction of a sand mandala of Medicine Buddha.

In 2005, a mandala of Medicine Buddha- made of bronze mixed with gold- was constructed and consecrated. This mandala now stands out magnificently as a field of merit for all.

Benefits

The Medicine Buddha Drupchoe [it literally means an offering in the form of practice]. Pacifying obstacles like disease caused by external elements, ridding off mental agonies caused by mental delusions and success in one’s endeavors like business etc. are some of the benefits related to this life. In future, one will be freed from sufferings of intolerable nature and one’s temporary and ultimate aspirations will be fulfilled. In short, from success and prosperity in this life for those who are alive, to helping them with merits and purification for those who have died, the benefit of this prayer is immeasurable.

In the short version of the ritual, it says:

On merely hearing the names
Of the Tathagathas who have equal compassion for all,
Sufferings of lower realms are relieved.
To the Buddhas of Medicine
Who shine with the light of Bendroya
And relieve the sicknesses of three poisons,
I offer prostrations.

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