The most Venerable Zasep Rinpoche guides a full Medicine Buddha healing visualization meditation followed by the amazing vocals of Yoko Dharma chanting the Medicine Buddha mantra for several minutes.
Sit straight, close your eyes and let Rinpoche guide you with the healing light and nectar of the great Medicine Buddha, then chant along with Yoko Dharma for healing activity.
Rinpoche also teaches the proper pronunciation of the Medicine Buddha mantra in both Tibetan and Sanskrit. This ten minute guided meditation with five minutes of mantra chanting daily is a highly recommended practice for everyone — no initiation or permissions are required. [Full transcript below video, along with Rinpoche’s short biography.]
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Yoko Dharma’s brilliant vocalization of Medicine Buddha mantra is used with her kind permission. Information on Yoko Dharma (or to download the track) please visit here>>
Zasep Rinpoche: “I would like to lead meditation on Healing Buddha, Lapis Lazuli Light, and visualization of the lights, reciting the mantra. I would like to ask everyone to sit comfortably on a cushion, or on a chair. Keep you back straight. Relax your body.
Then we visualize Medicine Buddha in front of us. Lapis Lazuli Light Medicine Buddha. Not too far, and not too close; about one meter from us, in this beautiful blue sky.
Lapis Lazuli Light Buddha is sitting on the lotus cushion and moon cushion. The lotus cushion is made with lotus petals, white and pink lotus petals. And, on top of that, visualize a moon disc, horizontal.
Lapis Lazuli Light Buddha has one face, two hands, and he is sitting cross legged in the Vajra Asana, wearing a beautiful robe of a monk, saffron and burgundy robe. His left hand is in the mudra of meditative equipose, holding bowl with white nectar inside. His right hand is hollding an Aruna plant. It is also known as a Myrobalan. It’s an Aruna plant with seed or fruit, and some leaves and a little bit of flower.
Lapis Lazuli Light has a blue colour, deep blue Lapis colour. Also, imagine there is light shining behind his body, behind his head, beautiful light, yellow light and golden light. Different colours of lights coming and going, gently coming and going.
Then, when you visualize Medicine Buddha, imagine Medicine Buddha is here, with you; real one, he is alive, he is here with us. His body is the nature of light and energy. Transparent, the nature of light. Not a solid, material body like our body. But, an energy body.
So, you visualize Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha in front of you. We then say the mantra. I’m going to say the mantra now, and you meditate [Note: Full beautiful mantra chanting with Yoko Dharma at end of video.]
I will say the mantra. You can say the mantra yourself later on. So, I will start now:
Om Bekhandze Bekhandze Maha Bekhandze Bekhandze Randza Samundgate Soha
Ohm Bay-kan-dzay Bay-kan-dzay Ma-ha Bay-kan-dzay Bay-kan-dzay Ran-dzah Sa-moon-gah-tey Soh-ha ]
This is the Tibetan pronounciation, Om Bekhandze Bekhandze Maha Bekahndze Bekhandze Randza Sumundgate Soha.
Sanskrit pronunciation is
Om Bhaishajye Bhaishajye Maha Bhaishajye Bhaishajye Raja Sumudgate Svaha.
Svaha. Tibetan pronunciation is Soha. So, either way is fine. You can say it the way Tibetan’s say it or according to Sanskrit. It doesn’t mtter which way.
The most important thing is devotion and faith. It works. It worked in that past, all those years. Hundreds of years.
So Om is the beginning of the mantra, invoking the blessings of the Body Speech and Mind. Bhaishajye Bhaishajye, or Bekhandze Bekhandze means ” healer, healer”, “Maha” you are the “great”, “Bekhandze” “Healer”, “Raja” is the king of healers”, “Sumud” is “ocean, Sanskrit word “Sumuddra” and “Gate” is “you help me go beyond this.” Sumudgate means “you help me to purify and heal my body, speech and mind, and liberate myself and others from Samsara — to go beyond this the sea of Samsara.”
There’s so much suffering in this world, it’s like the ocean. Sickness, death, and so on and so forth. So “please help me”, Sumudgate Svaha.
Svaha, means to accomplish.
Say this mantra as much as possible. You can say it the way I did it, or you can say it quietly.
I will say it one more time:
Om Bekhandze Bekhandze Maha Bekhandze Bekhandze Randza Samundgate Soha
So, you say the mantra first, for awhile, and then you do the visualization. Now, the visualization is an important one. When you are saying the mantra, or after you say the mantra, imagine beautiful blue light shining from his heart. In other words from his chest. And you visualize a small syllable, Seed Syllable HUM. Hum or Hung at his heart on a moon disk. [see inset.] And the blue light emanating from his heart.
The blue light is descending, comes down, and first enters your crown, then slowly descending to the throat, and then to the heart, and then inside your body — all over your body. Everywhere. And the blue light entirely fills your body.
This light is healing light. This is Holy light. This is Divine light. It purifies you entire body. Completely purified. And your causes of suffering — pain, disease, suffering — are all gone. Imagine! It’s all gone!
Also, you could imagine you have received healing energy. Not only purifying your body and sickness, but you receive healing energy, healing inspiration — to heal yourself! You can heal yourself by reciting the mantra. You receive healing confidence for yourself. And you can also do some healing for others.
So, light first. Then, you say the mantra again, or you can sing, the way I did, and also you can say it quietly, and this time visualize nectar coming down.
So, Medicine Buddha’s bowl is in his left hand. There’s white nectar inside. As you say the mantra, you imagine white nectar descending down from the bowl to your crown, and enter into your body, first to the crown, then to the throat, then to the heart, then navel, then all over your body. This nectar is medicinal nectar. It has all the properties of medicine to heal your body, to nourish your body, and renew your body, and to sustain your body.
So, imagine this white nectar flowing down like a waterfall, like water coming down from the rocks or the roof, like that, beautiful nectar flowing from the bowl, then into your crown, then your entire body is filled with nectar.
Imagine you feel very nourished. And you feel very blissful. Blissful!! Tibetan word is “Dewa.” Dewa, you can feel the happiness, you feel the blessing of Medicine Buddha enters your body.
Now, you are also nourished. Also, you are protected. Your body is protected. Your mind is protected. Your body is protected from external causes of illness — viruses, germs, pollution, and so forth. You have protection. You have energy inside which can neutralize any kind of cause of illness. It will neutralize and purify.
Now, you imagine Medicine Buddha becomes very small, blue light and small, and transforms into blue light, small blue light, the size of your thumb. The small blue light enters in through your crown and down to your heart.
That Divine Light, the Medicine Buddha’s Divine Light, enters your heart. It’s here with you as a protection and blessing of Medicine Buddha.
[Five minutes of Yoko Dharma’s wonderful mantra chanting with Medicine Buddha Thangka images to help with visualization.]
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ABOUT VENERABLE ZASEP TULKU RINPOCHE
Rinpoche is popularly known for his approachable teaching style, strong humor and teachings based on a long lineage of great lamas. His own gurus included the most celebrated of Gelug teachers: His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Thupten Wanggyel, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche.
Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was first invited to teach in Australia by Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1976.
Gaden for the West Meditation Centres
- Vajra Ling, Uralla, N.S.W.
- Losang Gyalwa Mandala, Sydney, N.S.W.
- Tenzing Ling Centre, Quamaa, N.S.W.
- Dorje Ling Retreat Centre, Lorina Valley, Tasmania
- Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
- Gaden Choling, Toronto, Ontario
- Medicine Buddha Centre, Calgary, Alberta
- Potala Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Thunder Bay,Ontario
- Tashi Choling, Nelson, B. C.
- Zuru Ling Society, Vancouver, B.C.
- Golden Blue Lotus Tara Meditation Center, Moscow, Idaho
- TsongKhapa Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Vajrayogini Center, Seattle, Washington
Yoko Dharma’s brilliant vocalization of Medicine Buddha is used with her kind permission. Information on Yoko Dharma (or to download the track) please visit here>>
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Venerable Zasep Rinpoche
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Rinpoche is spiritual head of many Dharma Centres, and teaches around the world. Originally from Kham province in Tibet (born 1948) Rinpoche has taught in the west since 1976, after he was first invited by Geshe Thubten Loden and Lama Yeshe to teach at the Chenrezig Institute in Australia. Today, he is spiritual head of the Gaden for the West centres in Canada, U.S., and Australia and also spiritual director of the the charities Gaden Relief Project (Canada) and Manlha Tus NGO (Mongolia). He is the author of three books, including his latest release in 2018 with a rare English commentary and practice instructions for Gelug Mahamudra.