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Jim Sacamano

Healing and Work

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Good Healing Is Like Good Work   We may think of healing as a simply getting over our problem. We may want to change our body in some way, our mind, our past, or our relationship. If that is all we want, we are like a person who wants money. We all do need money. We have to have a place to live, food, clothing, etc. And if that is all we hope for, may we all have enough money to live well. However, is just having money enough? Would it not be better to have work that pays us enough money to live in a decent way? And wouldn’t it be better...

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The Menla Root Canal

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There I am, sitting—well, lying—in the dental chair, mouth propped open, protective goggles in place, staring alternately at the ceiling, my dentist and the syringe and needle he is going to stab into my gum for my first root canal. He and his assistant are in blue-green scrubs, wearing masks and their own goggles. The needle looks serious, and this does not promise to be fun. I remember Medicine Buddha, and somehow I think to do the healing practice not for me, but for my dentist and his assistant. I might have some brief discomfort, but...

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Is This Religion or Not?

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  Medicine Buddha opens to healing beyond religion. Menla works over the entire hospital of life, making sure all aspects operate in top form, but he never asks your religion when you check in. This healing path is for everyone.   If we look at Menla’s life story and what he represents, we see basic qualities of wakeful, compassionate, and profound healing, all in the most basic human terms. He is heart, inspiration, and love. He is truly iconic—seemingly abstract, but universal and to the point.   The traditions we call religion...

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LOVE

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How Love Heals from the Inside Out   I began medicinebuddhatoday out of love—first for the love I felt for the teacher who told me about and gave me the practice of Medicine Buddha, and then love for the Medicine Buddha that I found in my heart as I began to work with it. I still do this out of love, but now for a bigger, more grounded love, a love for all beings, especially humans and for our human journey, a saga that can be great in its way, but that can sometimes present illnesses and huge problems that may seem very difficult and at...

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The Heart Sutra in everyday life.

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One friend says, “The Heart Sutra is the very root of Buddhism. A monk reciting this sutra today is following the same path as his ancient predecessors. His recitation is not about the meaning of the words. He must go beyond the meaning. He uses the sutra as a bridge between the world of Phenomena and the world of no ideas …..beyond words, beyond meaning, beyond everything. He becomes the sutra itself ….form is emptiness and emptiness is form. He is both form and emptiness and sutra.”   Bill Perriam   I feel...

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The Buddha That Nobody Wants

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  Once my wife and I were attending a meditation program in a remote area of Colorado. The teacher leading the program was also soliciting funds to build a retreat center nearby. Thus, the local organization offered for sale 36 very nicely done statues of The Buddha, each about 8 inches high and filled with relics. These statues were all made from the same mold, so their bodies were identical, but the facial details were hand-painted, and the painting was a little different on each. Since each statue was slightly different, anyone...

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Can I Hold Your Baby?

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As a new trainee in psychiatry, I had been summoned to see Numa, a woman who had spent much of her life in hospital being treated for suicidal feelings. And when she was in hospital, she almost always got worse for a long time before she got better. She had just gotten out of hospital and was now asking to return.   I saw her late one Friday afternoon in our urgent clinic. The inpatient doctor told me of Numa’s history and suggested that I do whatever we could to treat her safely at home. When I met Numa she looked younger than her years...

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A Sufi Healer Meets Menla

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I first attended a Medicine Buddha workshop in 2001 in Victoria BC. I was attracted to the short version of the ritual which involves 3 or 7 repetitions of the mantra “Tayata Om Bekenzie Bekenzie … etc” while visualizing the sick person and also the Blue Buddha image. In my version the Blue Buddha emanates healing energy to the person. My wife had just had major brain surgery and I was the caregiver. Doing the ritual gave me “something” I could do at a time when I was feeling helpless. It seemed as though she was...

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How Love Heals from the Inside Out

Posted by on 3:23 pm in Menla | 0 comments

I began medicinebuddhatoday out of love—first for the love I felt for the teacher who told me about and gave me the practice of Medicine Buddha, and then love for the Medicine Buddha in my heart as I began to work with it. I still do this out of love, but now for a bigger, more grounded love, a love for our human journey, a saga that can be great in its way, but that can sometimes present illnesses and huge problems that may seem very difficult and at times even overwhelming. We are all on this human journey and because we have stayed with it...

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