Recently I visited the Long Hua Temple in Shanghai. Though the energy within the Long Hua Temple is appealingly alluring to me, I sense an intersperse of sadness in the air. It is a notch below the ideal divine energy in most of the renown ancient temples, like Ling Ying Temple in Hangzhou where I visited last time and took the picture of Medicine Buddha, and the Potala Temple in Tibet. I read about it and learned with a heavy heart that throughout history for 1000 over years the temple went through destructive wars in succession and was in recent era used as execution and burial ground by Kuomintang and the Japanese occupying forces in the last century.
This brings me to reiterate that you could learn to feel the vibrations in the environment and be able to discern their quality, whether they are positive or negative. It is good to visit those known sacred places like temples and churches and get to immerse yourself in the high vibrations.
A fellow practitioner narrated an incident that took place in his younger days when he was studying in Canada. He was attacked in his sleep by his roommate who went berserk and viciously chopped him with a knife. It was fortunate that he escaped from this near-death encounter and subsequently recovered from his injuries. He told me that to speed up his recovery, he frequently visited an old church near his university in Canada; he felt that the divine energy from the church had helped heal him.
Coming back to the abovementioned Ling Yin Temple in Hangzhou, China, I was attracted to 1000 over years Medicine Buddha statue. Over the centuries, many thousands of people earnestly have prayed to the statues, and collectively over time, good divine energy has been built up there.
Since then, whenever I need to invoke the healing energy of Medicine Buddha I visualize this image to benchmark its healing energy.
By Anthony Leong