What:Sangye Menlha is the common name of Bhaisajyaguru, also known as the Master of Healing or the Buddha of healing.
Why:The veneration of Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menlha in Tibetan) is considered a powerful method not only for healing and increasing healing powers, but also for overcoming the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance.
Benefits:It is believed that meditating on the Medicine Buddha can help decrease physical/mental illness and suffering.
Day 6, 28/09/10 - Sangye Menlha, Glastonbury
In today’s teaching I was once again preoccupied with Rinpoche’s spontaneous transformations. At times it appeared a young boy was sat upon the thrown, then with the speed of a blink he had transformed into an experienced and wise monk; his oval, rotund body changed to one that was impressively toned.
During lunch Rowena introduced me to the concept of flower essences; something which proved very affirming. Of the six selected the most poignant was the aspen catkin and the fact that I had picked heather twice.
The aspen catkin relates to an overwhelming sense of fear, perhaps even fear of self which is something I have long been working on. So long in fact that I even kept a pussy willow catkin as a pet when I was a small child, a source of comfort so to speak. The heather predominantly seems to focus around nurturing the inner ‘needy’ child which in my case is so often neglected by a subconscious drive to always ‘be strong’.
When the teaching reconvened we began focussing on the sole chakras. Once the chanting started I suddenly experienced a sense of weightlessness, like air was rushing out of my feet and that I was floating above some sort of empty void, a void of nothingness. This would normally fill me with absolute fear as it reminded me of a scene from one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films but for some reason it didn’t, it just ‘was’ and then before I could become too caught up in it, the moment had simply passed.