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OHHDL urges public to pray ahead of Dalai Lama’s knee treatment

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala on June 4, 2024 (Photo/OHHDL)

By Tenzin Nyidon 

DHARAMSHALA, June 6: The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (OHHDL) has recently issued an appeal to the general public, asking them to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra ahead of His Holiness’s upcoming knee treatment in the United States. 

The medicine Buddha, or Bhaisajyaguru, is a significant figure in Tibetan Buddhism associated with healing and medicine. His mantra, “Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha,” is believed to possess powerful healing properties. Reciting this mantra is believed to bring about physical and mental healing, offering protection and relief from suffering.

The statement highlighted that, following the guidance of the state oracle Nechung, the public have been asked to recite the medicine Buddha mantra to generate positive energy and aid the Dalai Lama’s recovery. The OHHDL also emphasised the importance of reporting the total number of mantras recited to their office by June 30.

On June 3, the OHHDL released a statement, “This is to inform all concerned that no engagements, including public audiences, will be scheduled from June 20 onwards until further notice. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to travel to the United States for medical treatment on his knees.” 

Over the years, the octogenarian Tibetan leader has been experiencing mobility issues with his knee, which have prompted medical treatment, though specifics of the knee condition have not been disclosed. This trip will also mark the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the United States since June 2017. During his last visit, in addition to fulfilling public engagements, he attended a routine medical check-up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York. 

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