Meaning of Medicine Buddha Mantra
Medicine Buddha Mantra
Om Bekhandze Bekhandze Maha Bekhandze
Bekhandze Randza Samudgate Svaha
The Medicine Buddha Mantra calls to the Medicine Buddha to eliminate the pain of illness and suffering. The mantra is repeated several times with increasing intensity imploring the Medicine Buddha to hear and relieve the depth of suffering. It then hails the enlightenment of the Medicine Buddha and offers profound respect as the prayer is relinquished to the Medicine Buddha.
As with any poetry, song or chant, there are many possible ways to translate the Medicine Buddha mantra. This is one way to translate the specific words literally.
OM (this is not a “word” but the intonation of the sacred vibration of the universe)
Bekhandze O Healer (of suffering)
Bekhandze O Healer (of the true cause of suffering)
Maha bekhandze O Great Healer (of subtle defilements that cause suffering)
Bekhandze Randza O King of Healing
Samudgate perfectly liberated auspicious being
Svaha I offer this prayer and now relinquish it … (to you Medicine Buddha)”
This is one English version of the meaning and intent of the Mantra:
May the sentient beings that suffer across space and time
May their illness and the causes of illness be quickly removed.
And may this illness of body, speech and mind forever be gone.