The Medicine Buddha

by Thea Cowsky

Medicine Buddha MantraThe Buddha of Healing is the Medicine Buddha. He is the manifestation of the healing energy of all the Buddhas. His name in Sanskrit means “Master of Medicine and King of Lapis Lazuli Light”. The healing of the Medicine Buddha can be physical or emotional. And the ultimate, final healing is the spiritual healing that arises from his teachings.

The Medicine Buddha is often blue in color, and he sits surrounded by a halo of radiant blue light. His right hand rests palm forward over his right knee in the mudra of supreme giving, holding the stem of the arura or Myrobalan plant, an ancient healing plant. The combination of the hand mudra and the arura plant represent the giving the great medicine able to eliminate all illness.

 Medicine Buddha Altar Statue

Shakya Design Medicine Buddha Altar Statue

His left hand is in his lap in the mudra of meditation, and holds a lapis lazuli bowl of healing nectar, which symbolizes holding or possessing spiritual healing.

Repeating or concentrating on the name of the Medicine Buddha, Bhaisajaguru, or on the Medicine Buddha Mantra, is believed to have the power to free one from negative emotions and afflictions. Requests made to the Medicine Buddha, either for oneself or for others, can be for healing of all types, both physical and emotional and also for the ultimate healing that comes from spiritual realization that permanently eliminates suffering.

Read the mantra associated with the Medicine Buddha.

Contributing author David Cowsky


Quan Yin and Chenrezig

by Thea Cowsky
Quan Yin and Chenrezig

The manifestation of compassion in Buddhism is Quan Yin (also Kwan Yin) in Chinese, Chenrezig in Tibetan,  Avalokiteshwara in Sanskrit, and Kanzeon in Japanese.

Quan Yin, or Chenrezig, or Avalokiteshwara are more than love.  They represent  caring. A deep caring for others.  Buddhism believes that suffering is inherent in Samsara. So compassion for others’ suffering is the counter and natural spiritual reaction to this.

While Buddhists believe compassion exists externally, the spirit of compassion—the mind of Chenrezig or Quan Yin—is something they nurture within themselves towards all beings.
Crystal Counter Mala
A crystal mala is associated with Quan Yin or Chenrezig. The mantra of Chenrezig or Quan Yin is OM MANI PADME HUM, sometimes rendered in Tibetan as OM MANI PEMI HUNG. Meaning, “Hail to the Jewel in The Lotus.”

Contributing author: David Cowsky


by Thea Cowsky

Chenrezig MantraOm Mani Padme Hum Mantra(OM MANI PEME HUNG in Tibetan)

This mantra was said by the Buddha to be the most beneficial mantra. It is the mantra of Aveloketeshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan, Quan Yin in Chinese, Kanzeon in Japanese), the deity of compassion. Chenrezig/Quan Yin is the deity associated with the mala and is often depicted holding a mala in her hand, this symbolizing wisdom.

Reciting the mantra of a deity invokes that deity.

 The mantra is generally translated:

OM– original primal essence sound

MANI– the jewel (refers to the method which is great compassion)

PADME– lotus (refers to wisdom)

HUM– indivisibility

‘Om the jewel and lotus, indivisible’ is a loose translation. The mantra expresses the Buddhist path to enlightenment in which the development of great compassion and great wisdom are indivisible.

View Green Tara Mantra,  Aspiration for Peace Mantra (Om Shanti Om)

Contributing author Kate Cowsky



TARA MANTRA: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

by Thea Cowsky
Green Tara Mantratara mantra script

This is an invocation to Tara, female Buddhist deity who represents compassion and the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. Her mantra is considered a protective mantra to overcome fear and other obstacles in order to release one from Samara. Her action is swift and powerful.


OM– Indicates Tara’s holy (pure) body, speech and mind

TARE– Release from Samsara (the phenomenal world). (This is Tara’s function.)

TUTTARE– Liberating from fears. (Tara saves us from the eight fears and eight dangers)

TURE– Liberating from our basic ignorance of how things truly are, and from our unsubdued mind and karma, through showing the path  to enlightenment.

SOHA– May this mantra take root in my mind stream. It is a word used to end a mantra phrase.

Thus the mantra calls on Tara to help us become liberated from our ignorance and unsubdued mind and karma by helping us to see things as they truly are. This is ‘seeing’ in Buddhism and is called Wisdom.

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View Chenrezig Mantra, aspiration for peace mantra (Om Shanti Om)

Contributing author Kate Cowsky