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Medicine Buddha Teachings

Medicine Buddha Teachings - coverMedicine Buddha Teachings
— by Thrangu Rinpoche

This book presents the Medicine Buddha practice which is used for healing physcial and mental problems and gives a very detailed commentary on how to do this practice.

In addition to this, Thrangu Rinpoche gives a very detailed teaching on the Medicine Buddha Sutra by the Shakyamuni Buddha along with two shorter versions and a commentary on the twelve aspirations themselves.

The first half of this book presents the stages of practice of the Medicine Buddha Sadhana, in which Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche elucidates not only the details of this particular practice, but also many of the basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general: the notion of deities and buddha realms, the principles of samayasattva and jnanasattva, the principles of emanating and gathering, and the use of offerings to cultivate qualities, to mention a few. In addition, Rinpoche describes and explains the mudras or ritual gestures employed in the sadhana and he also gives a particularly lucid description of the five wisdoms associated with the five Buddha families, describing them as five aspects of intrinsic awareness or as five aspects of the wisdom of a Buddha. For anyone engaged in any vajrayana practice, this teaching is very useful in understanding the foundations of tantric practice, and a garden of delights.

The second half of this book consists of Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings on the Medicine Buddha Sutra, formally called The Twelve Great Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha  by the Buddha Shakyamuni.

In these teachings Rinpoche explains the twelve aspirations; the benefits of hearing, recollecting, and reciting the name of the Medicine Buddha, the meaning of deity in vajrayana Buddhism, the nature of the four maras and the transcendence of obstacles in the path, and the four qualities of a good intention.

Medicine Buddha mandalaIncluded is the Medicine Buddha sadhana along with two shorter versions and an excerpt of the Mahayana sutra detailing the twelve aspirations themselves.

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent teacher of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism who travels and teaches extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America.

In this rare gem, we learn more than just the details of this particular Medicine Buddha practice. Rinpoche has kindly included many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general.

Anyone engaged in any Vajrayana practice will find this teaching extremely useful.

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