A Collection of Buddhist Methods for Healing – Contents

Here is the complete text, in pdf format.

For ease of reference, I’ve made these two hyperlinked posts – one for the Introduction, and one for the Table of Contents


Part I – Sadhanas and Commentaries

Preface – General Comments on Front Generation and Self Generation, and the Refuge Tree


1. Blessing the Speech – the Sanskrit Vowels and Consonants, and the Mantra of Dependent Origination, as taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche       

His pronunciation can be heard in this video, starting at the 24:53 mark.

The Healing Buddha Section – Complete

2. Why the Buddha is Regarded as the Supreme Healer       

3. The Meaning of the Praise and Mantra of Medicine Buddha, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche            

4. The Healing Buddha – A Practice for the Prevention and Healing of Disease, composed and translated by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

5. Visualization from The Medicine Buddha Sadhana

6. Heal Your Mind and Body, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche        

7. A teaching on Medicine Buddha, by Zazep Tulku       

A video of this teaching can be found here.

8. On Visualization, Receiving the Healing Buddha’s Blessings, by Zasep Rinpoche

9. The Sadhana of the Medicine Buddha, by H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche

10. From the Teachings on Mahamudra and Medicine Buddha, by Lama Lodu Rinpoche, Healing Arts Center, St. Louis, August 30th, 2012              

A video of this teaching can be found here, and and a longer transcript can be found here.

His reciting the Healing Buddha Mantra can be heard here.

All the mantras listed here can be downloaded, and played continuously, so we can listen to them while we meditate, or do other things, or while we sleep. This is very beneficial. The videos also can be played on a loop.

Here is a video upload with Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra, and here is the mp3.

I find this video delightful as well, rejuvenating, and uplifting;

and here is the mp3.

The Dalai Lama: video; audio

11. A Healing Buddha Practice           

My commentary to this can be found here.

Here is a video with a recitation of The Medicine Buddha Sutra

and here is a pdf of that text.

The White Tara Section – Complete

10. Instructions and Reminders for White Tara Practice, by Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche       

11. A Short White Tara Practice – Prayers by Dudjom Rinpoche and Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche       

12. The Practice of White Tara – The Wishfulfilling Wheel called ‘Heap of Immortal Essence’, by Kyabje Pabonkha Rinpoche,       


13. A White Tara Commentary, by Geshe Wangdu, given at Tse Chen Ling Center For Tibetan Buddhist Studies, San Francisco, August, 1996. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive teachings on White Tara practice, that are online here.

Here are selected notes from these teachings. Highly recommended.

Here are the two audio files with the Tara mantra: version one; version two.

14. A Short Namgyalma Practice        

15. A Meditation on Amitayus, by Phakchok Rinpoche        

This is from the video that can be found here.

Practices that are being recommended for the current conditions, in 2020:

From Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice

16. The Vajra Armor Protection Wheel – Short Practice, and Meditation     

Audio of Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting this mantra can be heard here.

17. A Short Practice of Black Manjushri     

The recitation of this mantra by Zazep Tulku can be heard here.

18. The Prayer Liberating Sakya from Disease     

Practices that have been recommended over the years

19. A Black Garuda Sadhana       

20. Logyunma / A Practice of Parnashavari, from the Sakya Lineage       

A Video of this mantra being chanted can be found here.

21. On Purification and Healing      

22. A Vajrasattva Sadhana,     


23. A brief commentary on this practice by Lama Lodro Rinpoche            

His chanting of the mantra can be heard here.

24. The names of the practices, and their mantras      

25. Dedication Prayers     

A Youtube playlist of Guided Meditations and Teachings on Healing can be found here.

‘All the buddhas are one within the expanse of primordial wisdom.’ – Garchen Rinpoche’s Advice

Part II – Advice, Prayers, Essays, and Discourses

26. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice to Protect from the Coronavirus          

27. The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness_the motivation   

His commentary on this practice can be found here.

28. Advice On Healing from Lama Zopa Rinpoche     

29. In Praise of the Precepts      

30. Three Metta Meditations – The Discourse on Love; Metta Bhavana – Loving Kindness Meditation; and, The Cultivation of Loving Kindness   

See also: Mindful Breathing as a Loving Kindness Practice

For more on this wonderful practice, see Living in Beauty – Buddhist Loving Kindness Practice

31. Protective Chants from the Pali Canon_I  – From Paritta Recitation – A Selection of Texts      

{This collection has an introductory essay on this Tradition, called The Blessings of Paritta}

Recollecting the Qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, Praise, and Taking Refuge;      

Invitation to Recite the Parittas; Invocation and Prayer;     

The Metta Sutta – The Discourse on Loving Kindness;       

32. Ending a plague, a poem based on the Jewel Sutta;    

33. Protective Chants from the Pali Canon_II

The Ratana Sutta – The Jewel Discourse; and Dedication Prayers      

34. Seeing the world of sentient beings, from The Avatamsaka Sutra        

35. Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayers by Lama Zopa Rinpoche                 

36. For the sake of those who struggle and suffer       

37. A prayer for degenerate times       

38. Two poems from This is the Way Light Moves – Collected Poems 2018 to 2020: From Finding Refuge, and, Angels, Devas, Shining Ones       


39. Speaking of Angels     

{To generate more faith, see also the Miracle Stories, from A Belief in the Miraculous; see also, this article on Buddha Weekly, on Sacred Outlook, and this one, titled In Praise of the Vajrayana.}

40. Tantric Refuge     

41. The Continual Practice of Right View       

42. A few additional mantras that I’ve found to be useful     

43. A list of things that are healing     

44. An Introduction to the Bodhisattva-Divinity Tara; includes the poem In Praise of Tara                  

Here is a page with audio of my reading this poem.

45. Ocean of Saints      

46. The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs, from The Lotus Sutra       

Three beautiful and meaningful prayers recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

47. The Swift Fulfillment of Wishes in Dependence on the Great Jetsun Tsongkhapa     

48. A Prayer to Pacify the Fear of Famine       


49. Words of Truth Pacifying Danger of Weapons, by Thangtong Gyalpo 

50. A Prayer  

The King of Prayers – audio; text

Mahayana Prayers and Poetry – audio; text