In this Buddha Weekly teacher-guided video, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche recommends Black Manjushri to students for healing and protection, especially from Novel Coronavirus and other diseases, including cancer. Rinpoche guides us through the practice, visualization and mantras for this special healing practice treasured by Tibetan Buddhists — offering advice and commentary for both students who are initiated and those who are not (front visualization.) Chant along with Rinpoche, and visualize the blue healing light/energy of Black Manjushri. Rinpoche also explains when to visualize “Peaceful” Black Manjushri versus the more wrathful form.
This is full 30-minute teaching, well-worth the full watch with commentary, guided visualization, wrathful versus peaceful imagery, mantra transmission (Rinpoche slowly says the mantra three times, you should repeat out loud), and then a short chant-along session with Rinpoche.
Time index for “jumping to topics” below video.
TIME INDEX for those jumping to specific areas:
0-1:23 Title and credits and information
1:24: Important medical disclaimer from Rinpoche: Rinpoche advises people to work with their health care providers.
1:36: Rinpoche’s introduction to “Healing Practice of Black Manjushri” — “I feel this is an important practice right now… with Carona Nova Virus.”
3:28: Black Manjushri Lineage explained: one of the “13 golden Dharmas of Shakya tradition.”
4:17: Benefits with examples of past students who benefited from full recovery through Black Manjushri healing.
5:09: Introducing differences in practice for people “with initiation” and “without initiation.”
5:15: For people with initiation: Take Buddhist Refuge, Generate Bodhichitta, Four Immeasurables, then you visualize yourself as Black Manjushri, then do 7-limb practice (described in full detail later)
6:04 “At your heart, you visualize Black Dhi syllable” — Dhi syllable and visualized healing light animated demonstration video.
6:37 “Om Benz Samaja” or “Om Vajra Samaja” and visualization described.
6:59 “How to practice if you do NOT have empowerment or initiation.” — visualize in front of you.
7:48 Seven-Limb Practice in English.
10:27 Guided visualization of Black Manjushri in front of you (no initiation).
12:12 When to visualize Peaceful or Wrathful Black Manjushri.
13:41 Sometimes wrathful is necessary.
14:30 Visualizing Peaceful Black Manjushri.
17:25 Making offerings with mudras.
18:05 How to recite the mantra of Black Manjushri (with mantra on screen.)
19:19 Chant mantra along with Rinpoche for healing (with text sub titles of mantra.)
23:04 Mantras rules: not to fast, not to slow, not too loud, not to soft…
23:38 Chanting for others for inspiration or healing.
24:28 Visualizing yourself as Black Manjushri (only if initiated).
28:15 Demonstrating Kriya Tantra Offering Mudras.
29:05 How to chant mantra and more chanting.
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