Medicine Master Jeweled Repentance
The Quelling Disasters Lengthening Life Medicine Master Jeweled Repentance is a dharma practice created for repentance of past offences based on The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata.
In his explanation of The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua told us that "Sakyamuni Buddha discovered that the living beings in the Saha world have the deepest affinities with two Buddhas-Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata in the East and Amitabha Tathagata in the West. Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata in the East bestows blessings and prolong life on people and help them in times of disaster and difficulty; Amitabha Buddha of the Land of Ultimate Bliss in the West made a vow that those who recite his name single-mindedly will be able to take their karma along and be reborn from a lotus in his Buddhaland, and when their lotuses open they will see the Buddha and awaken to the patience of non-production." Therefore, Medicine Master Buddha has a profound affinity with us - the living beings in the Saha World.
Out of unequalled compassion, Sakyamuni Buddha explained to us in the Saha that Medicine Master Buddha's vows are inconceivable. If a person is afflicted with a serious disease, with signs of death appearing, at that time, if the sick person's parents, close relatives and friends, on his behalf, can very honestly take refuge with Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata, make offerings to the Medicine Master Buddha day and night with utmost sincerity, read and recite The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata for forty-nine times, light forty-nine lamps, make seven images of the Tathagata, hang up five-colored life-prolonging banners that are forty-nine spans long, then the sick one will be able to return to life, surmounting the crisis. This is the tremendously compassionate and life-protecting power of the Twelve Great Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light.
However, for the sake of the living beings with scant power who cannot properly practice the Dharma, the Quelling Disasters Lengthening Life Repentance Ritual is abridged from The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata, so that living beings can uphold precepts and bathe themselves...worship Medicine Master Buddha with all sincerity, then all their prayers will be answered, and all their wishes will be fulfilled (see Volume One).
For us mundane living beings, because of the darkness we accumulated over countless lifetimes, all our speeches, thoughts and actions are contaminated by karma and offenses, drawing to ourselves calamities, even short lives and premature death. Fortunately, today we have met The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata and the Quelling Disasters Lengthening Life Medicine Master Jeweled Repentance. As long as we repent to Medicine Master Buddha with all sincerity and devotion while upholding precepts, how can we not dispel calamities, prolong lives, even be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss in the West and be totally liberated from the cycle of death and rebirth?
Please take a look at the instructions which our Fundamental teacher Sakyamuni Buddha gave us in The Sutra of the Merit and Virtue of the Past Vows of Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata:
"There may be those among the fourfold assembly of Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Upasakhas and Upasikas, as well as other good men and women of pure faith, who accept and uphold the eight precepts either for one year or for three months, practicing and studying them. With these good roots, they may vow to be born in the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss where the Buddha of Limitless Life dwells, to hear the Proper Dharma, but their resolve may not be firm. However, if they hear the name of the World Honored One, Medicine Master Vaidurya Light Tathagata, then as the end of their lives drew near, before them will appear eight great Bodhisattvas, whose names are: Manjusri Bodhisattva, the Bodhisattva Who Observes the Sounds of the World, Great Strength Bodhisattva, Inexhaustible Intention Bodhisattva, Jeweled Udumbara Flower Bodhisattva, Medicine King Bodhisattva, Medicine Superior Bodhisattva, and Maitreya Bodhisattva. Those eight great Bodhisattvas will appear in space to show them the way, and they will naturally be born by transformation in that land, amid precious flowers of a myriad colors."
Human life is very hard to obtain and we have obtained it today, the Buddha Dharma is extremely difficult to encounter and we have encountered it today. We hope that all living beings in the Saha World be bathed in the oceans of the compassionate vows of all the Buddhas, live a life of complete fulfillment, and march toward total liberation.