Last week, Lama Glen was in Miami and gave the Medicine Buddha Empowerment to a small group of people at a healing center not too far from my house. The Tibetan Buddhists consider the Medicine Buddha Empowerment to be the most powerful blessing for healing, dispelling sickness, and awakening the innate healing wisdom that lies within every individual.
If you aren’t aware of what an empowerment is, it is a ceremony in which a Lama (Buddhist priest), on the basis of his own spiritual attainments and understanding of the proper rituals that have been handed down in an unbroken lineage for thousands of years, places his student in connection with a particular Tantric deity. The result of this teaching “empowers” the student to visualize that deity and recite the deity’s mantra (a prayer). The actual empowerment empowers the student to seek to realize the non-duality between their own mind and that of the deity. The practice of the meditation on the Medicine Buddha is a powerful one but it is said to be much more effective when one has received the Medicine Buddha Empowerment with it.
The Tantric practices are also called secret practices. They are secret because some people have a thick layer of ignorance and doubt, which is difficult to penetrate. If you reveal these Tantric practices to them, it will be like placing pearls before swine, and it may even give them a wrong view of the teaching and inhibit their spiritual growth in the future. That’s why, esoteric teachings cannot be revealed to those with limited understanding and egotistic pride. The empowerments develop the body, speech, and mind. To develop the body, there is the creation stage of practice. To ripen the speech, there is mantra recitation. To ripen the mind, there is the completion stage. So, whether your mind is ripe or not is dependent on how you practice. They say that the teachings are like a bird with two wings. One wing is the teaching and the other the practice. If there is only one wing, the bird just flops around on the ground.
If you are empowered, you have freedom. When you are not empowered and others control your freedom, the afflictive emotions will lead to suffering. Some of the ways I stay empowered on a daily basis is to practice my meditation, eat clean food, drink clean water and practice my Qi Gong. These practices keep me free from suffering and empower me to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit.
I came to the center an hour early with a bunch of flowers in hand, and the woman who hosted the event was so happy. She told me that Lama instructed her to get flowers for the ceremony and she forgot. Sometimes, we are just in sync with the universe, and everything works miraculously. The trick is just to trust. When I got there, one of the healing practitioners asked me if I’d like a treatment. Is there enough time? And there was. So, I had the opportunity to relax, receive a treatment, and be ready for the empowerment before the Lama arrived. My lucky day!
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I wish you the best in your Health, Wealth and Happiness.
Dr. Wu Dhi