Healing Chants: White Tārā & Medicine Buddha Mantras

12/19/2018 7:30 PM

Healing Chants: White Tārā & Medicine Buddha Mantras

Medicine Circle
Healing Chants from the Buddha Dharma

Tonight, Wednesday at 7:30pm!
regularly recurring event: LAST ONE 12/19/18
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/MantraChant108/ candlerparkyoga.com, 678-249-9642

at Candler Park Yoga
1630-D Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA 30033

Free admission!
Donations gratefully accepted.

For Fourth of July 2018:

I have a heavy heart as we move towards July 4th, Independence Day, of 2018. Given the terrible circumstances this nation faces on a daily basis, it feels wrong for me to celebrate with barbecues and fireworks, so the Medicine Circle will continue at its normally scheduled day and time. As a special acknowledgement of this day, when the founders of the United States hoped to create something special that would serve as a role model for all of humanity, we will be directing our healing energy towards this nation as a whole. I will be adding a recitation of the Universal Prayer for Peace in Sanskrit, plus we will extend the Asato Ma prayer at the end of our practice. We will do what we can to move this country back to a place of civility and compassion. If you feel as I do, then please join us and add your voice.

Tonight's (Recent Medicine CIrcles have been benefits for our dear friend Christine Peck, who has just successfully completed her chemotherapy treatments and is currently preparing for a final surgery to seal the win in her battle with breast cancer. All donations went directly to help pay her bills.)

The Medicine Circle is a community offering for anyone who is in need of healing, or anyone who knows someone who is in need of healing. This is weekly session of chanting two specific mantras from the Buddha Dharma tradition that are designed to help accelerate the natural healing process by connecting to the energy vibrations of the higher consciousness (Buddha Nature) that is an integral part of each one of us.

The session begins with invocations to set the sacred space, and a prāṇayāma (breathing exercise) to balance the major energy channels in the body.

oṁ tāre tuttāre ture mam'āyuḥ puṇya jñāna puṣṭiṁ kuru svāhā

The first chant will be the White Tārā Mantra. Tārā is the personification of Divine Mother in the Buddha Dharma tradition, who appears through a series of manifestations, each of which has a different connection to spiritual practice. One of White Tārā's most important functions is the increase in life energy, which is usually translated with the word "longevity". According to her mantra, the purpose of the increase in life is to give the spiritual seeker more time to practice and expand consciousness towards liberation. As such, this has become one of the most well-known healing mantras in Buddhism.

oṁ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahā bhaiṣajya samudgate svāhā

The second chant will be the Bhaiṣajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) Mantra. The Medicine Buddha is the highest possible model of a healer. Among the 12 vows Bhaiṣajyaguru is said to have taken is that of curing just by the invocation of his name or the thought of Him. He was known as the dispenser of spiritual medicine that could cure spiritual, psychological, and physical disease. This Buddha is not connected to simply for healing powers alone; he is the form of the Buddha-nature that we aspire to realize in ourselves. Through the practice of meditation on the Medicine Buddha, one can generate enormous healing power for self and for the healing of others.

The session concludes with a short, silent meditation, and closing mantras.

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