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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

Your First Religion

Posted by on 3:01 pm in Menla | 0 comments

Being non-binary, Medicine Buddha not only does not conflict with your first religion—assuming you had one— but can add to the power of that experience as well. This is because any rigid beliefs we might have, even those we were taught as a child, in addition to referring to what may be very  helpful truths, can make our minds rigid as well. And if our mind is rigid, our life can be rigid. Menla does not try to supplant other religions but rather to support them. It does this by helping us realize in a very personal way that truth, health,...

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CORRECTION

Posted by on 8:44 pm in Menla | 0 comments

I have recently discovered that I made a mistake in the commentary on how to practice the details of the Medicine Buddha sadhana. In particular, at stanza 11, and at the very end of the sadhana, there is mention of the expanse of Primordial Purity. When I had prepared the commentary, I had understood that this lies within our heart. But I have since discovered that the expanse of Primordial Purity may be referring to a way of appreciating experience as much as a location. Thus, when we recognize the purity within our own mind, Primordial...

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Correction

Posted by on 9:18 am in Menla | 0 comments

At some point I suggested in the commentary on the sadhana practice that Primordial Purity is based in the heart. That was incorrect. Primordial Purity is beyond concept and particular locale, and so in essence is everywhere. It may be seen more correctly, perhaps, as a way of being or seeing that is beyond corruption. It is pure. We are pure. Our experience is pure when  we know we are Menla.

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Luminous Harmony

Posted by on 9:06 pm in Menla | 0 comments

Health pervades all experience, inner and outer, and if we understand health we can work with it to help it manifest in ways we need. First, the entire universe is a great mandala of health. If we know how to look, we can see that everything fits in its place. And on the inside, we are Buddha. We are made of transcendent awareness. This is all great but we can have problems when these two versions of health are not well aligned. That is what Medicine Buddha practice can do for us. It can help us all the forces of health into one great...

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Going Further with Balance

Posted by on 9:24 pm in Menla | 0 comments

Last time we talked about balancing symptomatic improvement for our issue with a shift in attitude that includes being ok with whatever we have and whatever life brings. In the Buddist tradition we call that working with our karma. No blame on anyone. It is just pure mechanics of how life works. But there is more to it than that. Medicine Buddha helps us go beyond what is called binary thinking all together. We learn to disengage from extreme forms of thinking and belief. We see how extreme thinking is an attempt to kill the actual creativity...

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It is about balance

Posted by on 11:38 am in Menla | 0 comments

One way to see how Menla works can be in the issue of balance. One dimension of balance can be between symptoms and attitude. Most medicine aims to help us with our symptoms and as a possible side benefit, help us work with our problem in a better way. Medicine Buddha, on the other hand, helps us expand our world view so that symptomatic improvement flows more easily and naturally, which then helps us expand our world view even further. So, Medicine Buddha really helps us find health in both directions. But Medicine Buddha also helps us cover...

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Menla out from the shadows

Posted by on 8:23 pm in Menla | 0 comments

We do not have to manufacture Medicine Buddha when we visualize him or her. He or she is there already, everywhere, all the time. The main thing is to open our minds and then he or she emerges from the shadows of our mind, and shines brightly in our heart. And a wonderful way to open your mind is by the regular practice of sitting meditation. Sitting practice helps us sit still and be present as the mind naturally opens and closes, as it does moment after moment every day of our life. If you already have a sitting practice it is good to keep...

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Medicine Buddha is VERY

Posted by on 3:40 pm in Menla | 0 comments

HAPPY! You may ask why. Does he have a really sexy sports car, or a boat or plane? Does he have a beautiful penthouse apartment in the most chic part of town?  NO! He, She and They are happy because they are ensconced in non-duality, so nothing is ever out of place, and at the same time are completely at the service of others. His, hers, and their whole being is dedicated to helping others in whatever way is needed. This is the recipe for complete, endless happiness. They have it and so can we if we tune our mind and open our heart to...

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The illness is the fuel for the lamp of health

Posted by on 6:34 am in Menla | 0 comments

Recently I met with a friend who had taught Zen for years and we were discussing healing in the Zen tradition. He said, “The illness is the cure.” That was it! I loved the idea. I pondered this and began to think that at least part of healing is how working with the karma behind our illness helps us go beyond the illness in time. At some point I began to wonder if we could see Medicine Buddha as not just a similar approach to healing, which of course it is, but beyond that as a icon of health itself. The Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche told...

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THE SECRET

Posted by on 6:37 pm in Menla | 0 comments

There is one secret to harnessing the healing power of Menla most effectively. Any Menla practice will benefit in some way. But, to get the most benefit, to really transform your issue into a healing path, it is very important to recognize that Menla is real. He is not just a figment of our imagination, though we can leave it at that if we wish. He is as real as we are ourselves. Now, from a deep perspective, nothing is totally real, but if we look at effect and place in the world, Menla is more real than we ourselves are. He has been seen by...

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