8 February - 11 March, 2017
The Medicine Buddha Mandala is a manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate through our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed and balanced.
In the very centre of the mandala is the treasure vase and a book of scripture symbolising the King of Medicine Buddha. Surrounding this are eight petals depicting symbols of the eight medicine Buddhas.
Within the next sixteen petals are symbols of sixteen major Bodhisattvas (eight male and eight female Bodhisattvas). In the outer twenty two circles of petals are symbols of ten mundane gods and twelve Yakshas (nature spirits). At the four gates are four directional guardians. Outside the gates we have the gardens surrounded by a lotus and diamond hard fence.
An Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 8th February, 5.30pm, 2017. The ceremony begins with the monks welcomed and invited to construct the Mandala by local Iwi. The monks accept this invitation and then recite prayers. The monks will then begin laying the sand in the middle of the Mandala.
Everyone is invited and most welcome to come and watch the monks as they work and witness the Mandala as it grows. This will be from 10am to 4:30pm each day. Offerings to the Thӧ Sam Dhargyey Ling and the monks can be made in donation boxes or put on the altar.
Ven. Geshe Jamyang Sherab and Ven. Karma Gyasey will work on each Mandala for about 10/12 days. Ven. Nyima Gyasey is an accomplished Thangkha painter who will be giving demonstrations in this ancient Tibetan cultural art practice.
A Closing Ceremony will be held on Saturday morning 11th March 2017 starting at 10.00am and will be presided over by Ven. Geshe Sangyey Thinley, highly esteemed and experienced Buddhist practitioner and teacher from Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling in Whangarei. The monks recite prayers, inviting the Medicine Buddha to enter his Mandala. After this happens, each grain of sand is considered to be a seed of great healing and well-being.
The Mandala is then dissolved – representing the impermanence of all phenomena – and either taken to a large body of water or distributed to the people attending the ceremony.
When the blessed sand is taken to water, the monks recite further prayers, offering the blessed sand for world peace and compassion.
Sickness and poor health are experiences shared by all regardless of ethnicity, gender age or any other markers of identity that can separate one from another. Ancient teachings tell us that merely seeing an image of the Medicine Buddha, reciting his name or seeing the Medicine Buddha Mandala can bring us inconceivable benefits.
The Medicine Buddha has the power to help us see the true cause of any suffering whether spiritual, physical or mental and bestows blessings that enable us to alleviate or overcome these.
Creating a Medicine Buddha Mandala also generates very positive energy in the whole area spreading through our world system and the universe.
Find out more on the website www.buddhismnz.org
Associated Organisations: Thӧ Sam Dhargyey Ling (Dhargyey Centre of Contemplative Learning) - a branch of Dhargyey Buddhist Centre Inc. and Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Charitable Trust (Dhargyey Centre of Loving Kindness).
Associated individuals: Ven. Lhagon Tulku Rinpoche (spiritual head of Dhargyey Buddhist Centres), Ven. Geshe Jamyang Sherab (resident spiritual teacher of Thӧ Sam Dhargyey Ling), Ven. Geshe Sangyey Thinley (resident spiritual teacher of Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling), Ven. Karma Gyasey and Ven. Nyima Gyaltsen (resident Sangha at Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling). (n.b. Ven.= venerable).