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TAYATA OM
BEKANDZE BEKANDZE MAHA BEKANDZE RADZA SAMUDGATE SOHA



Bhaisajyaguru, commonly referred to as the "Medicine Buddha", is the buddha of healing and medicine in Mahayana Buddhism. He is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings. Bhaisajyaguru is the head Buddha of the group of 8 healing Buddhas.

The above mantra is the Tibetan version of the Sanskrit Dharani (sacred utterances) of Medicine Buddha:

TADYATHA: OM
BHAISAJYE BHAISAJYE
MAHA BHAISAJYE
SAMUDGATE SVAHA

It translates as:
Thus: OM,
O Healer, O Healer,
O Great Healer,
My highest offerings

The optional "Thus" is prefixed to provide continuity to a longer version of the mantra.

The mantra is part of the Bhaisajya-guru-vaidurya-prabha-raja (the healer, teacher & king with a blue lapis lazuli glow) Sutra. The Twelve Vows of the Medicine Buddha upon attaining Enlightenment, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra are:

1. To illuminate the world with his radiance

2. To awaken our minds through his glowing blue lapis lazuli light

3. To provide us with material things we may require

4. To inspire us toward the path of the Bodhisattva (enlightenment)

5. To help beings follow the moral codes

6. To heal beings born with illness or handicap

7. To help relieve the poor and the sick

8. To help women be reborn as men if they desire so

9. To help heal mental sufferings

10. To alleviate sufferings of the oppressed

11. To relieve the world of hunger and thirst

12. To help clothe the poor and needy

Bhaisajyaguru is mostly depicted as a monk with Lapis Lazuli blue color skin. In his left hand he holds a bowl of Amrit (the nectar of immortality) and in his right hand he holds a branch of the healing myrobalan plant.

The Medicine Buddha implores his followers to understand that the right way to achieve enlightenment is to alleviate the sufferings of other fellow beings around him/her.

 
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