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Buddha of Healing and Medicine
(Literally “medicine teacher”)
Sanskrit: Bhaisaya, Bhaisajya
From the “Sutra of the Master of Healing”
Skt. = Bhaisajyaguru-sutra
Jp. = Yakushikyou 薬師経
Chinese Sutra, with English Translation, is Here
Yakushi Nyorai’s Twelve Vows
Nara National Museum
Heian Period, 9th c.
Below Text Courtesy Healing-Touch
- May a radiant light blaze forth from my body after enlightenment, brightening countless realms, and may all beings have perfect physical form, identical to my own.
- May my body be like pure radiant lapis lazuli, with a radiance more brilliant than the sun and moon, illuminating all who travel in darkness, enabling them to tread upon their paths.
- By my limitless insight and means, may I enable all beings to obtain the necessities of life.
- May all beings be shown the path of enlightenment and may adherents to the sravaka or pratyekabuddha paths become established in Mahayana practices.
- May all beings be aided to follow the precepts of moral conduct. After hearing my name, those who have broken the precepts will be aided to regain their purity and prevented from sinking to a woesome path of existence.
- May all who are deformed or handicapped in any way have their deformities removed upon hearing my name.
- May all who are ill be cured upon hearing my name.
- May all sentient beings who are restrained by their circumstances of birth find a favourable rebirth and progress towards Liberation.
- May all who are caught in Mara's net, entangled in negative views, be caused to gain correct views and thus practice the Bodhisattva Way.
- May all who are punished by the king be freed of their troubles.
- May those who are desperately famished be given food. May they ultimately taste the sublime Teachings.
- May all who are destitute of clothes obtain attractive garments and various adornments upon concentrating on my name.
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