Leading a Medicine Buddha meditation

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Morning session of the October 28 workshop conducted at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore. The full workshop ran from October 27-28 and November 26, 2001.

Importance of regular spiritual practice and community

  • Discussion of five precepts—abandon killing, stealing, unwise sexual behavior, lying and intoxicants
  • Targeting your answers about Buddhism to your audience, including relatives
  • The importance of a spiritual teacher and community of Dharma friends

Trg II 01: Precepts (download)

Questions and answers

  • How to deal with questions
  • Understand the underlying meaning of a question
  • Don’t focus on one individual’s question too long
  • Use of the four opponent powers (regret, determination not to repeat action, develop positive attitude towards person, remedial behavior)
  • Daily purification practice.

Trg II 02: Q&A (download)

Explaining the Medicine Buddha practice

  • Overview of leading a Medicine Buddha meditation
  • The Medicine Buddha’s mantra: tayata om bhaykandze bhaykandze maha bhaykandze radza samudgate soha

Trg II 03: Medicine Buddha explanation (download)

Sample Medicine Buddha guided meditation

Trg II 04: Medicine Buddha practice (download)

Steps for guiding the Medicine Buddha meditation

  • Give overall purpose including the mantra
  • Describe the sequence of steps
  • Short breathing meditation
  • Set motivation
  • Imagine being filled with compassion and positive qualities
  • Visualize blue light flowing into self and others
  • Chant the mantra
  • Visualize Medicine Buddha over our head dissolving into a ball of blue light that melts into our heart
  • Become inseparable with the Buddha, feel body as clean and clear
  • Dedicate and then debrief the group

Trg II 05: Leading meditation (download)

Ground rules for discussions and concluding a session

  • All will have opportunity to talk
  • No cross-talk or questions until everyone has spoken
  • Speak equally
  • Stay on topic
  • Use first person
  • Leader can either be absent or act as facilitator
  • Don’t fill silence with talk
  • At end of session, summarize major points and dedicate

Trg II 06: Leading discussion (download)

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