Author: Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenchen
New edition. Commentaries by Thrangu Rinpoche on the Medicine Buddha Sadhana and the Medicine Buddha Sutra, known as the Twelve Great Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha.
Thrangu Rinpoche not only elucidates the details of this particular practice, but also many of the basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Included is the Medicine Buddha Sadhana along with two shorter versions.
"Each deity has its own particular relative blessing. If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering. Deity meditation is just another version of shamatha and vipassana. When one meditates on the form, the attributes, entourage and environment, and the internal mandala of the deity, and when one recites the deity's mantra, one is practicing shamatha; and when one realizes that all that one is meditating on is mere empty appearance, one is practicing vipassana. But because meditation on the deity and on the union of the deity and one's own root lama instantly connects one with the empty clear light nature - the power of this form of shamatha is immeasurably greater than that of ordinary tranquillity meditation." Lama Tashi Namgyal.