Medicine Buddha Practice to Pacify Problems in the World

Medicine Buddha Practice to Pacify Problems in the World

Date of Advice:
June 2017
Date Posted:
August 2020

This letter was sent to a student who had been in retreat for several years and had written to Rinpoche about the practices he had done in retreat. The student, when asked, had told Rinpoche he would choose to be born in a suffering realm instead of a pure land.

Medicine Buddha mandala. Photo courtesy of FPMT.

My most dear, most precious, most kind, most wish-fulfilling one,

A billion, zillion, trillion, numberless thanks, skies of thanks to you for surviving and being Buddhist and being able to do all these practices.

Now you are going to start Medicine Buddha—that is excellent. Please, as you do this, dedicate for the world—for all the wars, famine, disease, economic problems, torture, all those things, the dangers of fire, water, air, earthquakes and tsunamis to be pacified immediately. Dedicate to pacify all the problems in the world, and for perfect peace and happiness to prevail in your heart and in the hearts of all sentient beings of this world, by generating loving kindness and bodhicitta in your heart and in their hearts. May Buddhadharma last a long time in this world. May sentient beings meet Buddhadharma and achieve enlightenment.

What I love is your comment—it was a most interesting thing—when I asked you which pure land you wanted to go to, you said you would choose to be born in the suffering world, rather than going to the pure land. That for me, is a sign of good achievement of Dharma practice. I have told this somewhere, also your story. This is a great, great result of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM and so forth. It’s so good.

Please enjoy the happiest life with bodhicitta.

With much love and prayers ...