ExpiredMedicine Buddha Weekend Retreat

  • October 22, 2016 - October 23, 2016
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

It is said that simply hearing the Medicine Buddha’s name and his mantra brings forth powerful blessings for the healing of body and mind.

Medicine Buddha practice is for healing and releasing all kinds of accumulated negativity or impurities, including trauma and long-term illnesses. It also works on a subtle level to help cleanse and purify layers of imbalanced emotionality and confusion, removing all sickness, obstacles, traces of negative actions, and obscurations.

By practicing and chanting together as a group, we support each other and strengthen the power of our practice. The blessings of this practice can be directed towards:  yourself; loved ones such as family, friends, or pets; and all beings in need of healing.

The Medicine Buddha workshop is a two-day residential retreat held under the guidance of Lama Palzang. You and a small, intimate group of students will receive instructions for and engage in practice sessions with mantra and visualizations of the Medicine Buddha. This retreat is approximately ¼ instruction and ¾ practice, and includes some relaxation practices to help the body and mind settle, while consisting mainly of chanting and visualization.

Please feel free to bring photographs of relatives and friends who are ill or dying, or simply to add their names under the Medicine Buddha mandala which Lama Palzang will set up for this retreat. If you would like, you can also bring a flower to offer as a symbol of purity and an open heart.

What is mantra?

Mantras are sacred sounds that have been used for many centuries in spiritual practice to focus and transform subtle energies. Since they have no conceptual meaning, they do not evoke predetermined responses, leaving us free to transcend habitual responses. The sound of mantra can still the mind and senses, relax the body, and connect us with healing energies that are inherent in the psyche. (Read more on p.39 of Hidden Mind of Freedom)

What is visualization?

medbuddha_square2In visualization, first we look at form and color, but later on the image enters our minds naturally, spontaneously. At first, we just watch the image as part of our meditation or concentration, but with practice, we can eventually train our minds so that we can see the image within ourselves. (Read more on p. 126 of Gesture of Balance)

In Tibetan Buddhism, sacred art is created with specific colors, proportions, and symbolism, and serves as an important support for visualization practice. We will prepare images for this retreat that create highly conducive conditions for engaging this practice.

Do I need any qualifications to attend this retreat?

You do not need any special training or qualifications, however an openness towards and appreciation of Tibetan Buddhism is important.

If you are relatively new to Tibetan Buddhism, we recommend that you read Gesture of Balance by Tarthang Tulku.

A quote from the Medicine Buddha Sutra (Bhaisajayaguru-Vaidurya-Prabhasa Tathagata):

At that time, the Buddha entered a samadhi called “extinguishing the suffering and distress of all beings.” … and proclaimed this magnificent dharani

Namo Bhagavate bhaisajya guru vaidurya prabha rajaya





Om bhaisajye bhaisajye bhaisajya samudgate Svaha

After he had spoken that mantra from amid the light, the earth trembled and emitted great light. All beings, sicknesses and sufferings were cast off, and they felt peaceful and happy.  

About the Teachers

unnamedLama Palzang is a Nyingma Lama born in Tibet who received a thorough traditional Dharma education in Tibet and Nepal with respected Buddhist masters. He works on Dharma projects in both Asia and the United States and is the new Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute, where he teaches courses on traditional Tibetan Buddhist practices.

Lama Palzang will lead the main sessions, with the support of other NI faculty.

Registration and Cost

$450 — This fee includes tuition, meals, lodging, and tax.

$300 — This is for non-residential participants, who attend sessions and receive meals, but are not staying at our facilities.

Please review our cancellation and refund policy here.

The Nyingma Institute is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Our founder, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, emphasizes taking an active role in the world. We emphasize work as a form of spiritual practice.

Retreat Details

The first session of this retreat starts at 10am on Saturday, and the last session ends at 5:00pm on Sunday.

If you’d like to arrange for a longer personal stay after the retreat, please contact us at nyingma-institute@nyingma.org or call (510) 809-1000.

Staying Here 

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Please contact nyingma-institute@nyingma.org or call (510) 809-1000.