True Healing – present/listening/silence

This is a reposting from 2015. The statue of the Healing Buddha is now a permanent resident in northern Cumbria housed by a sangha member who finds herself strongly connected to the Healing Buddha. The statue was originally bought for me while I was living in Edmonton, Canada and memorably carried from the shop to the priory in a blizard!

Bhaisajyaguru with healing herbs in the right hand.
Bhaisajyaguru with healing herbs in the right hand.

We held a special ceremony for Bhaisajyaguru at Throssel this last Sunday. Here is the dedication made by the celebrant, Rev. Master Olwen during the first incense offering. She spoke slowly drawing one into the depths the words point towards. It is a meditation

We stand
in silence
listening silence
this presence
standing here

Does it listen
to anything?
Does it find other?
We cannot have ‘our silence’ or
‘our stillness’.
This silence is all of us.

With all our senses left alone
to just be,
we re-turn to the stillness –
the heart and
of the Buddha’s living Vow.

Always totally

When we re-turn to just BE this present-listening-silence, our thoughts and theories left alone, we look beyond our imaginings, identities, and in entrusting, dropping, there is nothing to stand apart. All Buddhas are never separate or apart from the minds churning waves. They sit with great compassion for beings. We too wish to vow to look beyond the suffering of boundary-making.

Homage to the Buddha,
Homage to the Dharma,
Homage to the Sangha.

Thanks to Rev. Master Olwen for allowing me to publish this dedication verse/teaching. The talk that followed the ceremony will, in time, be on the Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey website.

Never too Late to Learn – Video

For those who know me personally, you may notice I’m looking and sounding weary and the truth of the matter is, I am! In order to upload this, I had to drop a bin full of vanity’.

And for anybody who, like me, was always being told you are shy when a child there is something here for you. I didn’t go into the matter at any length because of the need to keep the video down to under 3 mins. Recently I’ve come to see that shyness in childhood is most likely a sign of ‘sensitivity’. A sensitivity that goes unnoticed and unaddressed. Having a different perspective is helpful and there is reading do be done to understand oneself better in this area of life. Of course in terms of Buddhism, we attempt to drop labels, of being this way or that way, but labels stick. Meditation and daily life training dissolve the glue.

Nature – Owls (Video)

The Medicine Buddha

Up to now I’ve tended not to write a lot about the more devotional aspect of Buddhism, however here I go! The custom within our religious Order is to celebrate, in the form of a ceremony, a number of Bodhisattvas. Today is the turn of Bhaisajya-guru Tathagata, commonly referred to as the Medicine Buddha.

This is in honour of Bhaisajyaguru, the Buddha of Healing
who sits radiantly in the pure land of this moment.
Whenever we give ourselves in trust
to the mind of meditation we call upon Him
and receive the medicine that ends all suffering.
This medicine He offers is the acceptance
of all causes and conditions
that make our lives what they are.

Such acceptance releases us from grasping
and brings serenity in the face of death.
His teaching removes frustration,
despair and the need for
dreams and unreal hopes.
All activity and purpose is within
the stillness of His heart.
His vows to heal all beings is His true body
and it appears whenever we respond
with compassion to the needs that surround us.

When we give ourselves in trust
our lives are fulfilled.
We cannot judge the worth of our offering,
it is enough that it is made with a pure heart.
For those who give themselves, all questions vanish
and there is nothing to ask for that is not already given.
The body of the Buddha is constantly emerging
and yet it is never moving.

We bow in gratitude for the great compassion of all the Buddhas and for their limitless teaching.

See also this post, The Healing Buddha