The Great Medicine-Buddha Initiation

Last Updated: 20.10.2018

The Initiation

The Initiation is a ceremony and the requirement for the practice of Tantric Medicine Buddha.

Taking refuge to the Three Jewels

Should you not have taken Refuge to the Three Jewels yet, there will be the opportunity to take Refuge with Lama Zopa Rinpoche as part of the initiation.

Taking the Boddhisattva-Vows

Lama Zopa Rinpoche will give the Bodhisattva-Vows.

Requirements for the Initiation

  • Requirements for the initiation
    • You should have already taken refuge to the Three Jewels. Or you will take them with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
    • Taking the Bodhisattva-vows is another premlinary.
    • A condition for the participation on Saturday or Sunday is the participation on the day before
  • An initiation is based on a teacher-student relationship. It is important to enter into this relationship consciously, as it will last until the end of your life and beyond. Read for inspiration: Reflections on a Guru-Disciple Relationship (Mandala Magazine).
  • Another requirement for participation in the initiation is that you are not a Shugden practitioner.
  • The initiation goes hand in hand with a commitment that needs to be fulfilled. In the case of the Medicine Buddha Initiation it will be the reciting of the Medicine Buddha Mantra. The amount of mantras will be announced later. Read About the advantages practicing the Medicine Buddha Practice.
  • It is important to hold on to this commitment until the end of your life in order to avoid serious karmic disadvantages for yourself.
  • Check your motivation for your participation in the initiation.
  • On the day of the initiation you should not eat “black food” such as onion plants, egg (including food containing egg), garlic, radish, meat or fish. You should also refrain from consuming tobacco.

Further Information (optional)

  • The initiation is the introduction to Kriya Tantra. Get familiar with the topic and read Introduction into Tantra by Lama Yeshe.

FM Radio for Translations

The translations in the different languages will be transmitted via radio frequencies in the hall. To receive the translations, you will need a radio with FM reception (e.g. the Grundig City 31). Smartphones cannot be used, as they don’t have an FM receiver! Please make sure the radio is used with headphones, so other people won’t be disturbed. If you don’t have a radio, you will be able to buy one at the venue.


The event will be held in English. Translation will be available in following languages:

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Czech

Ticket sale will be in English only.