YAO SHIH FWO -- BHAISAJYAGURU BUDDHA  


YAO SHIH FWO -- BHAISAJYAGURU BUDDHA

Seventh Vow, which specifical y pledges to relieve man of physi-
cal il ness and to dispel his spiritual confusion, earned him the
title of `Physician of Soul', runs like this:
"I vow that, after my reincarnation and having attained Per-
fect Enlightenment, those who are tormented by diseases, who
have nobody to whom they can seek for help, without a refuge,
without a doctor, without medicine, without relatives, without a
home; these poor and miserables beings shall all of them be free
from diseases and pains, and shall enjoy perfect health of body
and mind, once my name reaches their ears. ey shall have
families, friends and properties a-plenty, and shall all be brought
to the supreme Enlightenment of Buddha."
rough the perfection of these Great Vows, the bodhisat va has
attained Buddhahood and thus became known as Yao Shih Fwo,
the Buddha who is able to bestow all kinds of benefits to those
who have faith in him.
In the same Sutra the Buddha Sakyamuni also revealed to
Manjusri that:
"A woman may suffer from great pain while giving birth. If she
can whole-heartedly worship the Buddha of Medicine and to
invoke the name Tathagata, worship Him, and make offerings
to Him, all pain will vanish, the newly born will have a sound
and healthy body; whoever sees him will rejoice at his being so
clever, so strong and healthy; and no demon comes to rob him
of his vitality."

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