Over at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, as I had blogged earlier, recitations are still on-going to accumulate one million (1,000,000) recitations of the Medicine Buddha mantra, in order to help the flood victims in Pakistan. Anyone can pledge online the number of malas they are going to recite.
This month, there are a number of virtuous activities relating to the practice of the Medicine Buddha.
10-11 Sept (Fri & Sat) 8:30am - 5pm
17 Sept 2010 (Fri) 7.30-9.30pm
Guru Puja (grand dedication of 1,000,000 mantras accumulated led by Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup
25 Sept 2010 (Sat) from 2.30pm-5.30pm
26 Sept 2010 (Sun) from 9.30am-12.00pm
The Medicine Buddha Puja is very powerful for healing sickness and purifying negative karma. Medicine Buddha practice can also help to achieve success and overcome problems. According to the Medicine Buddha Sutra, it can be used for court cases, to stop wars and conflicts, achieve success in business and also for pregnant women to give birth with ease. The Vajravidarana is a healing ritual for purifying the participants' body, speech and mind of negativities and pollution.
How can praying to Medicine Buddha help you and the world?
According to my guru, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "In the past the Medicine Buddhas prayed, "When anybody recites my name and mantra, may such and such problems be solved and may they have such and such success." Because of that, when they became enlightened and achieved the power of prayer, their names and mantras have all this power. When we recite the Medicine Buddhas' names and mantras, we receive the results of the prayers they made in the past. And if we recite the Medicine Buddhas' names and mantras, whatever prayers we do are actualized. Therefore, doing Medicine Buddha practice is very powerful for success. People think Medicine Buddha is only for healing. It's not only for healing but for everything".
With this retreat, through the power of the promises made by the Medicine Buddhas, we can contribute to world peace.