Medicine Buddha is a fully enlightened being who has unbiased compassion for all living beings. An enlightened being is one who is completely free from the darkness of ignorance. Enlightened beings emanate countless different forms for the benefit of living beings appearing in different forms such as deities, humans and non-humans.
He protects living beings from physical and mental sickness and other dangers and obstacles, and helps them to eradicate the three poisons – attachment, hatred, and ignorance – which are the source of all sickness and danger.
The practice of Medicine Buddha is a very powerful method for healing oneself and others, and for overcoming the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. If we rely upon Medicine Buddha with pure faith we shall definitely receive the blessings of these attainments.
His radiant body is azure blue. His left hand is in meditation mudra and holding a begging bowl full of long life nectar in his lap. His right hand is stretched outward indicating the gesture of supreme generosity as a sign that he gives protection from illness, and holds the myrobalan plant (a-ru-ra), which represents the best medicines. It is believed that offering prayers and seeking protection from Medicine Buddha will help to cure the illness. Even while taking medicines it is advised to chant the Medicine Buddha mantra. The Medicine Buddha Mantra goes as Tayata /Om Bekanze Bekanze /Maha BeKanze Radza/ Samudgate Soha.
Bhutan is blessed with mysterious zoological and botanical creations. About 7000 species of vascular plants are reported to grow in Bhutan and most of them have medicinal values. In fact, owing to the plentiful availability of the medicinal plants, Bhutan is also known as ‘Man-jong’, the land of medicinal plants.
The use of medicinal plants in Bhutan goes back as far as the 8th century. The Bhutanese g.so-ba-rig-pa texts contain the formularies for as many as 2200 traditional multi-ingredient compounds using about 2990 different types of medicinal raw materials which are mostly medicinal plants.
As a Bhutanese managed organization supplying traditional medicinal products, we believe it is essential to respect nature and deal fairly with our suppliers, staff and customers. This includes practicing fair trade principles and using packaging which is sustainable and environment friendly. Many of the farmers and plant collectors of Bhutan live in extremely remote areas in the harsh altitudes of the Himalayas. MSP provides one of the few options for generating cash income in these regions. The farmers and medicinal plant collectors are essential partners in the development of our products, many of whom we have been working with for nearly half a century.
Sustainable Production of Traditional Medicines
We have a Revolving Fund account into which all the procees from the sale of our products are deposited. This fund is used to procure all raw materials required for production of traditional medicines. The Revolving Fund ensures the sustainable production of affordable traditional medicines.
Traditional medicine was first introduced into Bhutan around the 17th century after the arrival of Zhabdrung in 1616. Tibetans had always referred to Bhutan as Lhomenjong, or the valley of medicinal herbs because of its fertility, mountains, and varieties of medicinal plants that are found at different altitudes ranging from 200 to 7800 meters above sea level.
To support sustainable rural livelihoods and to contribute to the conservation of bio-diversity in the country, nine nature-based products were launched in Thimphu. The products include anti-wrinkle cream, balm, liniment oil, massage oil, perfume, soaps, and hand sanitisers developed from herbs such as Zingiber cassumunar, Phyllanthus emblica, Rhododendron anthopogon and Sapindus rarak among others.
About the manufacturer:
Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals is the premier manufacturer and official supplier of traditional medicine in the kingdom of Bhutan. We take pride in packaging and producing good quality products.
How we conduct our business:
We believe it is essential to respect nature and deal fairly with our supplier, staff and customers. Many Bhutanese farmers and plant collectors live in extremely remote areas; our company provide one of the very few options for generating cash income in these regions.