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May we all grow wise and helpful with Menla. If you have connected with Menla, and would like to share your story, please send it on.

Thank you.

Jim Sacamano

Adapting the Practice to Specific Needs

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Once you have a good feeling for the practice of Medicine Buddha, as long as you honor the source and tradition of this practice and keep to the pure intent of being of service to others, you can modify how you use and do the practice to maximize the benefit to others. I do little snippets of the practice throughout the day when I hear of or encounter a situation of need. A friend of mine who is a bodyworker uses the Menla practice in his healing work. Here is the URL of his website: Look at the...

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Article Published in The Journal of Religion and Health

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  Medicine Buddha: A Transdual Self-model Meditation to Support Healthcare Practitioners J. Sacamano & D. Paproski  Journal of Religion and Health volume 59, pages1597–1609(2020)Cite this article 153 Accesses Metrics details Abstract There is increasing awareness of the deleterious effect of the current work demands on a wide range of health professionals and of the benefits of contemplative understandings and practices in modern, secular settings, and healthcare environments. Here, we examine the theory and practice of a traditional...

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Our Virus Time

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Human life is ultimately very brief and precious. We have no way of knowing how long it will last. While our current pandemic is causing so much suffering, it is also a reminder that whatever time  we are in, that is the best time to practice. And with Medicine Buddha, not only do we connect with the ultimate need to be on a path to full awakening, but by way of what is known as co-dependent origination, or the interconnection of all things,  we also support whatever ordinary health we need. Please practice as best you can.

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A Personal Note

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I had a powerful practice session last night that I would like to share. I was in a hospital room with an old friend who was dying. I got word this morning that he had died over night. I understand that in the past, meditators would spend time with dying people as a regular practice. I remember how Mingyur Rinpoche mentioned being with death as memento mori in his book, In Love with Life. Being with death opens one’s mind in a powerful way. Menla was there with me and I think helped me at least, and maybe my friend.   It is great to read the...

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The universe of health is within us all and at the same time beyond all boundaries. This big sense of health is Buddha Nature, which is our basic nature, the nature of just being awake. When we know Menla, we know this ultimate health in both a personal and a cosmic way.   Just as this big health is natural to us, the tools we use to realize Menla—inspiration, mantra and visualization—are part of our normal life-experience shaping activities. We generally ignore these tools in daily life. Beyond that, we miss how, without proper training we...

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Natural Healing

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Medicine Buddha is real, meaningful natural healing. That is, no external agent better than what is already present in the universe and in ourselves is involved in this healing process. We may get outside help in traditional or more modern ways, but that help is understood to simply be a support for our own inner health to meet the natural health of the universe in whatever seeming problem we have. We see that most of our problem may be not from germs or chemical or energy imbalances per se, but rather our tendency to struggle with health as...

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The Value of Problems

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It is a normal human reaction to see problems as just problems, just obstacles or tests we must overcome. However, there may be more to it than that. Besides being painful at times, problems help us see the real nature of life, a process that is always moving to and past us, that cannot be grasped, and that we would do well to appreciate and love as best we can when we  have it. Further, problems can help us learn more about how our own mind operates, and from that, how we can use problems to get to the deep root problem we all face,...

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Why study traditional teachings?

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At some point it may seem that things are going no where. We do the practice. We get older. Life is slowly slipping away. We may wonder what is the value of study and practice. It may be helpful to consider that the real benefits of Menla practice can start with a shift in perspective away from a more common fear-based view to a more open, inclusive, brighter view where problems in life are seen as doorways to primordially pure health rather than obstacles. The study and practice of traditional teachings can be the light on the lock on the...

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Primordial Purity

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The practice of Medicine Buddha arises within the atmosphere of Primordial Purity, and from that it lights up and spreads out to illuminate all of life. Primordial Purity is the union of space (which is endless) with awareness (which is clear, awake, and alive). We rest in Primordial Purity at the end of our practice and from that it might seem that we can just flop. But we do not live in flop. We live in ordinary life. And this purity is alive in all we do. It makes the health/wakefulness personal and brilliant in all our life.

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Beyond me versus life

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It is tempting to see life as a relationship that can be a struggle at times, between what seems to be a me and the opposite, what seems to be the rest of the universe. And we frame that relationship as life. It can seem that while relationships can be interesting, what counts is first the me part and then the universe part. While this perspective may help in conducting affairs of daily life, seeing this as just the way it is may constrict how we live in the big picture of things. Another way to work with this might be to place more emphasis...

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