Sitting in meditation today with some folks from Rose Villa, I went around my sunstone mala saying to myself the Medicine Buddha mantra on each bead, slowly, still finding my way in the Tibetan language, tasting the lilt of it, the rhythm of it.
When, much to my surprise, I decided to say the mantra for not only myself, but for my niece who is struggling with her cancer again, and then with another bead, another person, sending the Medicine Buddha energy off to them through my heart chakra.
Then, totally to my surprise, I decided to say the mantra for all the beings I love who have died, sending the energy off to them each, one bead per person, one mantra per person, or in a few cases, per dog and cat.
In Die Wise, the book I’m reading by Stephen Jenkinson about death in the Western Hemisphere, he spends some time talking about the care of our dead, how we don’t have to “lose” them (i.e., “I lost my friend last week…” ) but rather we can continue to care for them after death. It’s complicated, I’ll post about that later.
So that idea has been percolating along in the back of my mind, and lo! Here comes a new practice, to say the Medicine Buddha mantra for each one of my dead. My dead. What a concept. It brings me to my knees. Quite literally.
And here’s the thing that caught my attention. Instead of each mantra for each bead feeling the same internally for each person, each one felt completely different! The pace was different, the inflection, my memory of the Mantra itself more or less fragile or intact, my ability to focus, my ability to collect and then send the energy through the membrane into the other realm. And my sense of whether or not that energy was received.
No cannabis involved here, by the way. I stopped taking the oil for a few days while Eric was out of town, unwilling to be alone and perhaps needed while under the influence, so to speak.
While I’ve never read or heard of such a practice, it seems very powerful to me. I sincerely hope that I have not overstepped in some way. Perhaps Dr. Tenzin or Christiana will let me know. I am grateful to them both for introducing the mantra to me in their own kind ways.
The Medicine Buddha mantra entices me. It simply brings me a sense of joy, a fullness in my heart, a sense of plugging in to an ancient thread of enormous healing power. So these two threads just came together today: care for my dead, our dead, and this mantra.
If you want to learn it yourself, there are multiple versions online if you just google it.
May you be well. May you be healed.