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The Healing Buddha
Birnbaum, Raoul Oyan
Published by Shambhala (1979)
ISBN 10: 0394737296 ISBN 13: 9780394737294
Paperback 253 pages Measures 8.5x5.5 inches Weighs 14 ounces

Condition: Very Good
Clean tight solid copy. Minor Shelf wear. Scuffed corners. Interior clean. Text clear and crisp. White pages.

BUDDHISM is a way of life that emphasizes the development of
mental faculties. The mind is trained to analyze and discriminate,
to build up wholesome currents and tear away veils of negativity
and ignorance. The Mahayana traditions especially emphasize the
role of Divine beings—Buddhas and Bodhisattvas—in this task.
Spiritual aspirants are taught to look to the Divine forces for aid,
inspiration, and protection. In this way, their spiritual evolution
can be immeasurably quickened.
In the living traditions of Mahayana Buddhism, devotees per­
ceive these Divine beings as potent and vital forces, profoundly
aware and ever responsive. The fundamental importance of
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to the daily practice of the Mahayana
Buddhist way of life is well known: throughout the Far East there
are temples large and small where worshippers bow before images
and utter prayers, and the homes of devoted practitioners invari­
ably have altars for daily meditation and worship.
I have sought in this book to discuss some of the traditions
surrounding one of the most important deities of the Buddhist
pantheon, the celestial Buddha known as Master of Healing, the
Lapis Lazuli Radiance Buddha (in Sanskrit: Bhai^ajya-guru
vai^flrya-prabha tathagata). The emphasis is on the Buddhist roots
and the Buddhist manifestations of these traditions. For this rea­
son, I have discussed concepts of healing in early Buddhism (both
physical healing and spiritual healing) in the initial chapter, and I
have sought to relate these concepts to the principles expressed in
the texts and images central to the worship of the Healing Buddha.
According to the traditional life of Sakyamuni, the historical
Buddha (ca. sixth century B.C.E.), the sight of a sick man was
one of the catalytic events that awakened the young prince to the
problem of human suffering and inspired him to begin his spiri­
tual search. Sakyamuni's Four Noble Truths provide a key to the

The Healing Buddha, Raoul Oyan Birnbaum Published by Shambhala (1979) Paperback First Edition Book Buddhism Sanskrit Tibetan Pali Chinese


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