Sunday 16th January 2011
His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche
Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Puja
At Bhikkhuni Dhammananda’s temple – Wat Song Dhamma Kalyani
Update time — 12:30 – 3:00pm
In Nakhon Pathom – about 1 hour from Bangkok.
Following this will be a group trip to the big Chedi at Nakhon Pathom.
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Bhikkhuni Dhammananda is one of Thailand’s foremost Bhikkhunis, being abbess of a very spacious and active temple in Nakhon Pathom (close to the giant Chedi). She has a special shrine of the Blue Medicine Buddha there, which will be the focus of HHPCR’s visit to her temple.
The practice of Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer, is an extremely powerful method for healing physical illnesses, both for oneself and others, and also for overcoming the inner illnesses of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. Therefore, meditating on Medicine Buddha can help decrease physical and mental illness and suffering. The Medicine Buddha mantra is held to be extremely powerful for the healing of physical illnesses and purification of negative karma. It is said that just by hearing the mantra once, one will not be reborn in the three lower realms, so making a connection with Medicine Buddha, however small, has enormous benefits.
Best by Taxi, though there are busses going from Petch Kasem Road or the Southern Bus Terminal.
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To get there: go to Bahn Phaew, just before Nakhon Pathom. It is 50 ish km along Petch Kasem Road which runs all the way from Thonburi, Bangkok. You can take any air con bus to Nakhon Pathom from the Southern Bus Terminal, just make sure they let you off at Bahn Phaew (also spelled Baan Paew) – takes about 1 hour (slighly longer for the 83) and should be around 50 baht.
OR From Victory Monument take orange aircon bus 515 (THB 22) from Rajvithee Hospital bus stop, tell the conductor that you want to get off at Mahidol University, Salaya Campus. Then cross the overhead pedestrian bridge. On the other side there is a bus stop in front of the 7-Eleven. Take the white with pink/lavender stripe aircon provincial bus going to Nakorn Pathom (THB 27) and make sure you tell the conductor/driver that you want to get off at See-Yaek-Baan-Paew (Baan-Paew Intersection).