Sangye Menla Ritual

Sangye Menla Ritual

Sangye Menla, "Master Healer" or Medicine Buddha, is one of the mahāyāna Buddhas of the past, who became an emanation of Shakyamuni specialising in material and spiritual healing and protection against calamities.  

Like Akshobhya, Sangye Menla is a master of an "eastern paradise" and can form a pair with Amitābha, master of the "western paradise" Sukhāvatī or Dewatchen.

On his left hand is a bowl filled with medicinal substances. According to certain texts, the bowl, carved out of a block of beryl, has twelve sides recalling the twelve great wishes made by Sangye Menla for the good of all beings. He is regarded as the Medicine Buddha because his compassion extends to all suffering of beings. In his right hand, the Buddha holds a stem of arura, a plant considered to be the queen of medicinal plants. Indeed, each of its parts is attributed powerful and specific healing virtues.

It bears the major marks and minor signs of a fully awakened manifestation of Nirmanakaya. The perfection of the Buddha's state is expressed even in the characteristics of his body, to which 32 major marks and 80 minor signs are traditionally attributed. 

The Tantric meditation of Sangye Menla was introduced to Tibet in the 8th century by Shantarakshita. This meditation was synthesised in the 19th century by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye.
His mantra, TÉYATA OM BEKANZÉ BEKANZÉ MAHABÉKANZÉ RAZA SAMUDGATEZÉ SOHA, is considered to have great power against physical illness or to purify negative karma. 

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