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The Medicine Buddha Mantra

Oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye maha bhaiṣajya-samudgate svah, is the Medicine Buddha Mantra.

Bhaisajyaguru is more familiarly known as the Medicine Buddha, and is responsible for bringing healing and medicine to those who worship him. A doctor offering cures for suffering and ill health, the medicine that he offers is typically in the form of his teachings. There are two Medicine Buddha mantras, one is the long-form of his mantra and the short-form of the mantra encompasses just the last line of the long-form mantra.

The long-form Medicine Buddha dharani, or mantra, is said to have come to the Medicine Buddha while he was in a state of Samadhi, which is very similar to a form of meditation. The long-form mantra is as follows.

Om namo bhagavate bhaiṣajyaguru

vaiḍuryaprabharajaya tathagataya

arhate samyaksambuddhaya tadyatha

oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahabhaiṣajya-samudgate svaha

To the uninitiated this doesn’t likely make much sense, however, the short-form of this mantra is a lot easier to comprehend. Oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahabhaiṣajya-samudgate svah, like the majority of other mantras in Buddhism can hold very widely varied meanings to those who are reciting them. There is rarely one true meaning and literal translation for mantras. However, this one can be thought to mean the following.

May the many sentient beings

Who are sick

Quickly be freed from sickness

And may all of the sicknesses of beings never arise again

  • bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye is said to mean “doing away with illness and pain”
  • mahābhaiṣajya is said to mean “doing away with darkness associated with spiritual ignorance”
  • samudgate is said to be in reference to supreme heights or freedom
  • svāhā is recited as a means of allowing the Medicine Buddha to be aware that the prayer is being said in his name

 

Those who are ill or otherwise suffering are to recite the mantra 108 times, typically over a glass of fresh water. The belief behind this is that the power within the mantra will infuse with the water, essentially transforming the water into an essential healing tonic. The water is then consumed by the ill person so that they may take in the power and healing infused water. This process is repeated as many times as is needed until the desired results have been achieved.

This powerful healing mantra is not just designated for the purpose of creating blessed healing tonics, it can also be recited as a means of asking the Medicine Buddha to guide those who are injured, ill, or otherwise in need of treatment towards the right path.

The healing offered is not always necessarily as a means of easing the physical suffering. It can also be offered as a means to helping ease the mental and emotional anguish that so many are afflicted with.

The Medicine Buddha mantra will help the body attain good health, help the mind to attain peace from mental anguish, and can also help the agonized soul with finding the relief it needs to get from suffering it may be experiencing. The Medicine Buddha mantra can also offer a method of karma purification, essentially removing all negative karma.

The Medicine Buddha is one of the most comforting Buddhas in times of ill health and we have many products to bring you the comfort of the Medicine Buddha, like a few different styles of Medicine Buddha thangkas, Medicine Buddha statues, and this Medicine Buddha coffee cup.