Monday, January 29, 2007
The mantra of the Medicine Buddha:
OM BHEKANDZE BHEKANDZE MAHA BHEKANDZE RAJA SAMUDGATE SOHA !
According to Buddhism (and Chinese medicine), the causes of diseases are primarily rooted in one’s emotions. The “afflictive emotions,” i.e., ignorance, wrong views, desire, anger, jealousy, hatred, pride, fear, grief, etc., create imprints or seeds which grow over time until they ripen, unleashing that negative karma onto our experience or direct perceptions in the current time. Specific emotions can have direct influence over the energetics and functioning of related organ systems, and conversely, weakness in certain organ systems can predispose us to particular emotions and states of mind. The entire range of biomedical diagnoses can find root in the imbalances caused by afflictive emotions.
As most of us are continually creating negative karmas, reciting the mantra of Medicine Buddha can invoke the power of healing and begin to free us of our patterns of negative thoughts, actions and emotions. To see some of the visualizations commonly practiced with this mantra see this link.