Aspiration Prayer for the Flourishing of the Science of Healing

Below is an aspiration prayer for the spread of the Science of Healing, in this case referring to traditional Tibetan medicine. It is said at the Men-tsi Khang in Dharmasala every morning. I believe it was originally composed in the 16th or 17th century.

 

Homage to the Guru!

By the compassion of all the Gurus, Yidams, and Deities of the mandala

[As well as that of] the Victors of [all] directions and times and [Their] Heirs,

[And] by the pure strength of my [own] altruistic motivation,

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

Just as the unparalleled Teacher, King of the Shakyas,

Took birth as a youth as medicine for sentient beings,

[So too] by the power of the disease-dispelling truth of generating compassion,

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

Wandering forever [out of] great kindness for Their fathers and mothers,

[They] entered the swamp of the intolerable suffering of disease.

By taking on [this act of] benevolence -- the supreme offering of the Sugatas --

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

Extending [Their] hands in the supreme [act of] giving precious medicines,

From [all the Buddha] Fields of the 10 directions, the Victors and [Their] Heirs

Again and again scatter flowers from [Their] golden-colored hands.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

By the amrit of [Their] stainless love, [They] entrusted the [Four] Tantras.

By [making this] supreme offering of the amrit which completely dispels all diseases,

[They] rendered the kindness of [Their] benevolence to [all] wanderers without partiality.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

By arousing the [mind-]stream of overwhelming great compassion,

The supreme path of the Victors [and Their] Heirs -- the six paramitas --

[One will become] an expert in the practice of medicine and the skillful means of the Brahma[-viharas].

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

By truly paying homage in this life to the crowns of Gods and humans [and,]

In the later [life,] making offerings to the assembly of Dakinis of Great Bliss,

One will travel the good path from happiness [to happiness].

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

As the glorious Manjushri prophesied,

[One will,] in particular, directly perceive Yuthok Bhaisajya-raja

As well as the Victors of the 10 directions [and Their] Heirs.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

[He also] prophesied that, in the future, the teaching and learning of these Tantras will spread.

[At that time,] even hearing a single stanza of these,

By the power of [that] truth, [one will], as it’s said, accomplish the two truths.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

The supreme Lord, [Yuthok,] holder of the lineage

Has promised that the Great Compassionate [One] will be the protector

Of the wanderers of [this] degenerate [age] and especially of oneself.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

[He] also promised that the Victors of the 10 directions [and Their] Heirs

Will be of utmost help to each [and every] sentient being

[And] will always watch over [them] with compassion.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

At that time, the Guardians of medicine -- Shanglon, the eight classes, and so forth,

And the female Guardians of the mundane and supra-mundane world --

Through the power of truth, have promised to protect the holders of the lineage.

May the teachings of the Science of Healing flourish!

 

Experts in the brief and expanded fields of medicine

Will come to practice the important [secret] oral instructions

[And,] through [their] great sympathy for the vassals,

Excellent healers will completely fill the earth.

 

Whatever pacifies behavior also pacifies the mind.

By striving to pacify the suffering of wanderers,

Through the unsurpassable peace of all self and others,

May the supreme level swiftly be reached!

 

Amrit is the compassion of the unshakable Victors.

Like amrit, is the power of the loving-mind.

The essence of amrit is the canon of the Science of Healing

May it flourish like a great cloud of amrit.

 

Yuthok, the incomparable Bhaisajya-raja,

Constantly remember the canon of the Science of Healing.

Compared to seeing the decrease of moisture at end of autumn,

How much more loathsome is an intolerable thorn in [one’s] heart.

 

In the future, whenever [one] wonders [whether] to cure or not,

Let the words of truth of [this] aspiration prayer spring spontaneously from one’s mouth.

Thus, may the aspiring individual

Be infused by the blessings of Bhaisajya-raja!

 

Composed meritoriously in the moment by the physician, Lodro Drimed, on the 21st day, on an excellent date of the Wood Dog year. Having completely explained the Four Tantras along with the experiential transmission of most of the practices to several dozen monastics, when offering the final teaching, He asserted that one should offer a prayer like this one.

 

Translated by Rangjung Lhamo (Tawni Tidwell) and edited by Lama Pema Chophel. Whatever errors are contained herein are entirely due to Lama Pema. May the Dharmapalas and Guardians please forgive his ignorance and impetuosity. Ge-o! Ge-o! Ge-o!