Healing Benefits of Singing & Chanting

Singing releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energized and uplifted. Singing uplifting messages and chanting from a spiritual tradition delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits, including increased aerobic exercise, improved breathing, posture, mindset, confidence and self-esteem. People who sing and chant are healthier than people who don’t.

  • Singing gives the lungs a workout,
  • Singing strengthens the immune systems
  • Singing tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm, and stimulates circulation.
  • Singing makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension.
  • Singing and chanting can reduce anxiety, depression and lower stress hormones while raising up the pleasure hormones endorphins and oxytocin.
  • Singing and chanting can lower blood pressure and increase brain function.

As the popularity of singing grows, science has been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming yet energizing effect on people. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.

Physical Benefits of Singing

Singing strengthens the immune system

According to research conducted at the University of Frankfurt, singing boosts the immune system. The study included testing professional choir members’ blood before and after an hour-long rehearsal singing Mozart’s “Requiem”. The researchers noticed that in most cases, the amount of proteins in the immune system that function as antibodies, known as Immunoglobulin A, were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. The same increases were not observed after the choir members passively listened to music.

Singing is a workout

For the elderly, disabled, and injured, singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. Other related health benefits of singing include a stronger diaphragm and stimulated overall circulation. Since you pull in a greater amount of oxygen while singing than when doing many other types of exercise, some even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.

Singing improves your posture

Standing up straight is part of correct technique as you’re singing, so with time, good posture will become a habit! As your chest cavity expands and your shoulders and back align, you’re improving your posture overall.

Singing helps with sleep

According to a health article in Daily Mail Online, experts believe singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea. If you’re familiar with these ailments, you know how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep!

Chanting Helps Our Digestive System

Other studies show that those who do chanting have less anxiety and stress which leads to less digestive upsets in general. Everyone knows that when they are stressed to the max many times end up with digestive problems, stomaches, diarrhea, and more. But when we do chanting this does not happen.

Singing and Chanting Lowers Stress Hormones

Another study was done in China taking those who did Photchong Chanting and doing EEG scans of their brains before and after chanting. Found that those who did chanting had lower levels of theta waves and even delta brain waves after chanting and thus they had a much lower amount of stress throughout the day. But it was not only those doing the chanting, even those who listen to chanting had lower stress. Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your bloodstream.

Chanting Can Lower Blood Pressure

Studies done over a 24 hour period show that those who chant actually lower their heart rate and lower their blood pressure while chanting. And that also helps them keep their blood pressure lower throughout the rest of the day. Why this happens might be because we breathe better while chanting, and we also feel better, and thus good hormones such as dopamine help to create better health and thus we feel better and actually are better. A study done by Telles, Nagendra, and Nagarathna showed that those who do chanting have improved cardiac output and lower blood pressure.

Chanting Creates Better Sleep

With fewer stress chemicals in our brains and bodies, we sleep better and thus we wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day.

Chanting Slows the Aging Process

One study by Lavretsky in 2011 showed that when people did chanting they actually had an increase in cellular telomerase activity… which slows our cellular aging process. That is pretty amazing!

Psychological & Emotional Benefits of Singing

Singing is a natural anti-depressant

Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. In addition, scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus, which responds to the frequencies created by singing. The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like. Not only that, but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood. Singing improves mental alertness improved blood circulation and an oxygenated bloodstream allows more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.

Chanting Can Reduce Anxiety, Fear, and Anger

Chanting helps to regulate the hypothalamus of the brain. This is the control center of emotions and chanting also helps to calm down the amygdala of the brain or the anger center of the brain. Our amygdala becomes hyper-sensitized to anger and more anger starts to create more activity in the amygdala of the brain and this creates a vicious cycle. But chanting calms both areas and thus helps to heal the amygdala and thus anxiety starts to disappear and also anger.

Chanting Can Create a Better Mood and End Depression

Studies show that chanting creates more endorphins in our body and thus helps to create a better mood. A study in the International Journal of Yoga using fMRI showed that those who did chanting actually stimulated the limbic system of the brain and helped those where were depressed. There are many areas of the brain that are stimulated when chanting including the amygdala, orbitofrontal cortex, hippocampus, anterior cingulate gyrus, insula, parahippocampal gyrus, orbitofrontal cortex, and thalamus. Also, chanting has been shown to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And chanting can increase brain function for those suffering from strokes and epilepsy. Studies show that those who chant have less tendency to have negative moods and thus feel better on a regular basis. This all comes about because of changes in our brain chemistry.

We Have More Feelings of Well Being When Chanting

A study done by Gupta and Bhatt in 2013 showed that those who did chanting on a regular basis had more feelings of well-being, less stress, and they had a better mental attitude.

The Words We Use for Chanting Do Matter

Studies show that the words used for chanting do seem to matter. If you just use any old word it doesn’t seem to work as well as Sanskrit words or some other type of spiritual word. And if you listen to chanting that also helps… but actually doing the chanting is the best.

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Giving Voice to Your Dreams

What do you truly desire?
When is the last time you asked yourself that question, allowing yourself to reach beyond the confines of everyday real world into the realms of possibilities? It can be habitual to stop ourselves from dreaming out loud by listening to the inner and outer critics who will say – you can’t have that, do that, be that. There can always be a reason of not enough time, money or self-love to let yourself give voice to your dreams. Then of course there is always the how. Whatever your dream is, to write a book, learn to play an
instrument, go on a journey, start to sing or find a new love. For now, leave the how and say yes to the feeling and the possibility.

My grand piano dream.
As a young music student at university I didn’t have much money. Just enough for rent and food. Certainly not enough for what I wanted most which was a black grand Yamaha piano. I would joke about it when someone asked me if I’d like anything. They were referring to a drink of water, tea or juice if I was lucky. I would always answer the same – a black grand Yamaha piano please. They would look surprised and then laugh.
There’s no way I had enough money for such luxuries. But inside me I knew what I wanted. I dreamed about playing this piano and the music I could make. I felt the flow of creativity move each time I though of it as I played on my digital piano practicing for school. Years later I had a cheap upright piano and had rented studio time to record on a beautiful black grand piano to make my first instrumental CD. I asked my piano teacher from years back if I could have a soiree at her house to share some of the music on her black grand piano to get some feedback. As I played my compositions I felt so much love and gratitude to be able to share my music on such a beautiful instrument. I stopped for myself and the invited guests to take a break and a man popped onto the piano bench beside me grinning ear to ear. He told me that his wife had died of cancer and left him her piano which he couldn’t bear to sell. He said he’d been listening for just the right sound and that he found it in my music. He offered me his big black grand Yamaha piano which I still have to this day.

7 Steps to Giving Voice to Your Dreams:

1. Imagine light pouring through the top of your head and filling you up with peaceful energy. Let your body relax as you envision this light pouring into you and ask yourself what you truly desire.

2. When the answer comes to you – be it a feeling, an inner knowing, a
remembering or a quiet voice, say yes to it. Say yes you can have that, be that, create that and you don’t have to know how right now.

3. Give voice to this dream by sharing it with close and supportive people and by creating a picture of you having it, like in a vision board. So you can see it and feel it.

4. Amplify the feeling of this desire, this beautiful dream, by imagining you already have it just like I imagined I was playing on my big black grand piano.

5. Hold your focus on this vision and the feeling of already having what you desire. For me, chanting the Lakshmi chant (link to sample on Medicine Music) is a powerful way of doing this step. This chant is all about abundance and manifestation.

6. Then let it go with ease and gratitude.

7. Repeat step 5 daily and share your dream with enthusiasm and gratitude as you surrender the how it will show up to your higher creative power.

I dream of elephants.
Just last year I did this process and found myself full of a dream to go to Africa. Not as a tourist but with a purpose – to learn about the culture, to share my music with beautiful people and to spend time with elephants.
Within a few months I was invited to play at an opening for Gcina Mhlophe,
http://www.gcinamhlophe.co.za/ an amazing South African singer, storyteller, author and activist who was in Canada at the time. Later that evening she invited me to visit her and stay in her home in Durban, South Africa. We performed together, toured the townships and became close friends. She rocked my world and taught me so much about the music
and the history of her country.

When we give voice to our dreams we are taking a huge risk. We are saying – this is what I want. I might not yet be good at it. I might not know how I can do this. Yet something in me is moving me toward this experience. I love the idea that the thing I am desiring and reaching out to, is also reaching out to me. Reaching out to me …. with it’s trunk. In this moment I was completely fulfilled and overflowing with gratitude.


Wisdom Teachings of the Owl

Visualize yourself putting on an imaginary owl cloak. The feathers are light, strong and permeable letting in only those energies that are beneficial and keeping out the rest. As you put it on you feel very safe and filled with inner peace. This owl cloak has many uses. You can put it on when you’re extra sensitive, when you’re confronted by something unexpected, and when you’re having a hard time keeping your own boundaries strong. You can even imagine a hood, so nothing gets into your ears that’s not loving. 

In effect you’re creating a powerful wisdom filter that keeps out anything that’s not of highest benefit to you from permeating your core.

It’s challenging for many women to keep clear boundaries. For myself and many others who have been working on this, sometimes it’s still difficult with people who are close to you like family and close friends, especially children. So many women have asked me, how do I separate my own pain from the pain of my child? This has no easy answer except to bring yourself back to your own body and breath. This is where singing and chanting come in. The ‘magic’ of a vocal practice is when you’re fully in the sound, you’re fully in present time. Right here. Right now. Choosing what you would fill yourself up with.


You can also connect to owl energy when you want to access the highest sounds you can sing so you can open up all of your range. When we sound our voices like an owl – hoooo hoooo – and leave lots of space in the jaw, we can make our highest sounds easily. As women, this is our head voice. There is no forcing or trying, just space and connection to belly breath. The owl wisdom lies in the effortlessness of letting the high sound be pure and easy without any fear. Here is one of the artworks from my online course ’Empower Your Voice’.  Find out More.

We’ve talked a lot about owl cloaks in the song circle. As the idea has caught on, I’ve imagined what these cloaks might look like. When I saw this Mayan dancer in the Yucatan, Mexico, I loved his owl medicine cloak! What do you think, do you want one? I do.


Staying on Your Note: a lesson in self-love

I’ve been thinking about how singing harmony has so much to teach us. Though I’ve been singing harmony for years and am a harmony queen, this lesson is one I’m still learning. To be able to sing harmony with others you have to stay on your note.

No matter if you’re singing the lower note, the middle note, the highest note – other people are going to be singing around you and you have to stay on your note. In music, if you’re not grounded, present and fully aware of what you’re singing, it’s all too easy to get pulled off into the notes being sung around you. In life it’s just as easy to get pulled off what you’re focusing on into the needs and demands of others.

How can we use the teaching of harmony to help us in our lives? People get upset. Sometimes they get triggered and they can get angry, mean or unpredictable. In the past I always used to take that on. I had the belief that it was my job to fix it somehow and that if they were angry at me it was at some level MY fault and MY problem. Even beyond being able to connect in a loving way, I felt responsible for every time the ‘song of interrelating’ went out of tune. It felt very easy to be pulled out of my state into the state of someone around me, simply becoming angry if someone around me was angry.

Lately I’ve been thinking … I just have to stay on my note. If my note is a note of unconditional love and acceptance I can stay there. As people go through their own journeys I don’t have to get pulled off my note. Just like when I’m singing, someone else is singing an interval above or below me and I’m not pulled off my note.

As I allow other people the space to go through whatever they need to go through, I just need to remember what my frequency, my vibration, my mind-set is and stay on that note. Seems simple doesn’t it? Not so much when you have a lifetime of habits that kick in every time someone is upset. But this time … let me explore what could happen when I stay on my note of peace and kindness.

The person who has been furious with me reaches out after a month of chilly silence. They told me they were angry because they didn’t let me know what they needed. Even though I asked numerous times. They were furious because it is their pattern to relate that way. To find a reason to not get what they want and walk away mad.

What a relief to stay on my note and not let them steal my sleep or my peace of mind. I’m a human not a mind reader. When and if you tell me what you want and need I will respond with listening and kindness and give what I can and what is right for me. This is my new note.

Like music, anything profound and beautiful is worth practicing. So as you practice hearing and staying on your musical note, think about the vibration of who you are and practice staying on your note of self love and truth..

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Phenomenal Sisterhood

There is a phenomenon that happens when women join forces and become a sisterhood. They quit competing and comparing themselves with each other. Instead they begin to celebrate each others unique gifts and see themselves as one-of-a-kind works of art in progress. They stop being afraid of one another or needing to be the center of attention all the time. Rather, they are curious about each others stories and genuinely interested to exchange their knowledge. Some women grew up with blood sisters who were less than kind to them. Others experienced betrayed by women friends. Only when we as women bring forward a willingness to transform any old stories can we find the deeper connection with ourselves and each other that we are longing for.

The power of sisterhood shows up and is a mighty force when women feel secure enough in themselves to become allies and show up in our authentic strengths and vulnerabilities. We don’t have to agree with each other all the time. Even when there is a fundamental difference of opinion we can still accept each other.

When women come together to connect and raise each other up we are an unstoppable force.


Art by Cheryl Braganza


I lead a song circle where women from 18-82 come and sing together. I get to witness first hand what happens in the circle of safety where each woman knows she won’t be judged for her shaky voice as she begins to sing or her tears when she speaks of her deepest passions or losses. She won’t be left behind if she forgets the words or has no wisdom to add in the moment of sharing. She will be accepted and embraced for who she is. She will be supported for where she in on her journey. There is so much wisdom in a circle of women when we share stories, knowledge and songs.

In that moment of feeling a sense of belonging and knowing that she is safe to be herself, she blossoms.



Women’s circles are an age old gathering to share wisdom, knowledge and support. We are the bringers of life and have always known that our very survival depends on having strong community and allies to help with children, food, and all the challenges life has to offer.

If you’re a woman and feeling isolate or disconnect in your life, find or start a women’s circle. Reach out and don’t stop looking until you find your Phenomenal Sisterhood. You’ll know you’ve found it because after you gather a few times you’ll crave the connection and sense of belong. You’ll feel at home and find acceptance on your best and worst days. From my perspective singing and ritual is a great gathering point because it’s filled with life, music and fun. Find a women’s circle in your area where you can connect in a genuine way with other women, preferable of different ages to do something you love to do.

Why be part of a women’s group? Women’s groups improve confidence and self-esteem. Self-esteem is a challenging component for so many women. Even though studies show that women in general have sharper problem-solving and multi-tasking capabilities, the high occurrence of poor self-esteem in women keeps many women from reaching their potential at every level from asking for the dollar amount they are worth to seeking out advancement. Phenomenal Sisterhood transmutes whatever has held you back and helps your find your rhythm and sing your song with confidence.
Women more readily share and celebrate small victories in both personal and professional areas in female-only environments. In a world where there are too few supportive bosses, and where fathers, husbands, and children often don’t understand how much women need their support, small victories shared in an intimate gathering of sisters are the spark that ignites hope in their hearts. The little victories are the chances to celebrate everyone’s success!



Women who have close women friends live longer and have happier lives. Women who have allies are able to make a great contribution and to build their confidence and their networks. Even women who appear to be fulfilled and successful from the outside need a place to be genuine, vulnerable and authentic and have the power to bring the life giving feminine essence to their lives.

I love to see a woman’s eyes light up in the presence of phenomenal sisterhood. She trusts herself enough to BE herself. With arms to catch her if she falls she rises into her power to live her best life.



The Power of Chanting

Years ago I was performing in Japan, singing and playing piano in a fancy little club. It was such a huge cultural difference and an amazing experience that inspired me to look at some of the beliefs about music I’d formed. Like the idea I’d learned in university that music was primarily a commodity for entertainment, and the better you could play and sing, the more money you would make. Something happened that rocked my world and completely changed the way I perceived music. A Japanese friend I made took me to the ancient city of Kyoto. We entered a temple where thousands of people were chanting and I could feel a power that literally made my hair stand on end.

My friend explained to me that there had been horrific mud slide in Columbia and that the people were chanting to send solace to the survivors. I understood that as tangibly as a radio or television signal could travel the world, so too could the energy and intent of chanting.  For me a light bulb or awareness went on that led me to a lifelong passion with the power of chanting and a desire to research and share this knowledge.

Music is the language of the soul

In many traditions, sound is considered the primary force in all creation. Some sounds can energise and stimulate, while others can relax and calm us. Sound can awaken our inner fire and can also heal and soothe. Sound is the energy of vibration and since we are all fundamentally made from energy, we all react to sound on an energy level whether we are aware of it or not. Sound can move us to tears or joy, evoke long forgotten memories, and touch us at a soul level. Sound has considerable power to heal.

Ancient cultures knew all about the true power of sound and music, far beyond a commodity designed to sell and entertain. Shamans and healers sang, chanted and drummed people to health as part of everyday life. They understood at a deep level that we live in a constant state of vibration from which sound is derived and that sound has significant influence on us.

We still gather to drum, sing and dance to feel the connection to our ancestors and our current community.

Music speaks to the soul because it is the soul’s language. It transcends the limitations of the rational mind.

Ludwig van Beethoven said that “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”.

When Albert Einstein was asked about his theory of relativity, he said: “It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception”.

Finding Your Voice

The greatest instrument of healing is the human voice. Natural sounds like crying, laughing, sighing, wailing, humming, yawning, whistling, and the sounding of single vowels are all part of a self-healing technique called Toning, which is the use of voice to release pain and stress and to align imbalances. The sustained, vibratory sound of single tones, without the use of melody, rhythm or words, bypasses language entirely and allows us to express the heart and soul directly, quietening the over-active mind.

When you’re connected to your body and natural breath cycles and allow your intuition to let your soul sounds emerge from deep within you begin to reclaim the expression you were born with. People are amazed at the sounds they can make, especially when they let go of the fear of their voice being heard.

I’m passionate about helping people reclaim their authentic voices. Over and over I see how it impacts their whole lives by raising their confidence and their mood.

The Power of Chant

From a simple individual prayer, to a whole gathering of people singing in unison, many spiritual rituals and events involve chanting of mantras or hymns. 

The word ‘mantra’ is often used to describe a frequently repeated phrase. However, it actually comes from the ancient Indian Sanskrit language and is derived from the root manas which means “to think” and tram, “to protect” or “liberate from bondage of the physical world”. A mantra, therefore, is thinking which liberates or protects.

Mantras are sonic formulations evoking vibrations that heal, enlighten and promote spiritual growth, and are said to be sacred sounds that speak to the gods. It is the power of word; a compelling force that not only vibrates in the being of the person who utters them but also connects them to a universal energy. Mantras are Vedic in origin, but transcend all language and all religion.

I love many of the traditional chants and have found incredible benefit for myself and for others in learning specific chants for specific outcomes. As a composer I’ve also been inspired to create many chants. The repetitive nature of the chant helps the brain to relax and turn off over thinking allowing the healing to happen.

Scientific Research

Whether it’s to connect to a higher spiritual power or to tap into our own strength and power, chanting has been part of the fabric of human spiritual culture for thousands of years. What is it about chanting that makes it essential to virtually every spiritual practice?

The effects of chanting are not just based on belief, or a placebo effect. Scientists have researched the effect of chanting numerous times in the past years, to find out why chanting produces the effects they do.

In general, chanting has been found to have a therapeutic effect on the body, soothing and harmonizing the body’s multiple systems and kick starts the body’s natural healing abilities, as well as help deal with addiction. This is according to research done by Alfred Tomatis at the French Academy of Science and Medicine, as well as by the experts at Cleveland University. This happens because of what are known as the Neuro-Linguistic Effect and the Psycho-Linguistic Effect. The NLE is a melodious effect created by the rhythmic tones of chanting, and the PLE the body’s reaction to the meaning of the chants being chanted. These two effects signal the brain to produce and spread the curing, healing, and feel-good chemicals of the body.

Other studies, like the one done by Dr. Alan Watkins of the Imperial College in London, have shown that heart rate and blood pressure dip to their lowest while chanting, as well as normalize the levels of adrenaline, cholesterol, and unruly brainwave patterns, due to the vibrations of the sounds produced during chanting. As well, neuroscientist Marian Diamond of University of California discovered that chanting inhibits the release of stress-hormones.

Whether it’s for meditation, yoga, prayer, or to take a short break from the rigors of everyday life, chanting can definitely improve your well-being. Depending on what you chant you can promote healing, resilience, forgiveness, and cultivate compassion and self-love.

Rewire Your Brain

Research shows that self-created sounds like chanting cause the left and right brain hemispheres to synchronise. Chanting oxygenates the brain, lowers blood pressure, reduces heart rate and causes the brainwaves to calm down. Studies also show that chanting regulates breathing, which has many health benefits. While breathing alone is rejuvenating, breathing in synch with others, as one would when chanting in a group, amplifies the effect as the entire group entrains their breathing with each other. The vibrations contained in that synchronised sound radiate out in concentric circles, healing the group and touching the world.


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The Medicine Buddha Mantra for Healing

by Julie Blue

Singing, in and of itself is a joyous and uplifting experience. It taps us into the power of breath and the world of resonance and vibration. I love to sing all kinds of songs and discovered I felt most in harmony when I invited others to sing with me. During performances, healing sound courses, a big choir I led for years or the singing circles I offer now, the same kind of magic would always happen. Science is now showing all the reasons why when people move into their hearts, the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin lower, and the happy bonding hormones of oxytocin and dopamine rise. I have so much to share about this from years of research and will do so in my next blog. In this blog I want to focus on the healing power of chant.


The first time I experience the power of chant I was living and performing in Japan. A friend took me to a temple in Kyoto where hundreds of people were chanting to send love and solace to survivors of a terrible mudslide in Columbia. Like a light bulb going on in my music school conditioned mind, I understood on an experiential level that energy was being created that transmitted as tangibly as a radio or television signal. I didn’t understand the words in the chant. I didn’t subscribe to any religious view but I could FEEL something and it felt like love.

This experience influenced my composing work and I began collecting and creating original versions of traditional chants and mantras from different spiritual paths. I also began a 30-year journey of channelling my own healing chants. As a professional composer I haven’t yet been brave enough to publicly use the term “channelling”. The experience of creating my series of chants is more like transcribing something I am hearing on what I call “the creation station”, rather than setting out to craft a piece of music.

On a visit to Maui I met a woman who had a tremendous impact on my life. At the time I met her, Arlette Alexander lived in the jungles of Maui. She held a doctorate of psychology, was a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and a Queen of fun and mischief. During our many visits back and forth, Arlette introduced me to her practices and taught me the Medicine Buddha chant. She brought me to meet her teacher Thrangu Rimpoche, and I received his transmission of the Medicine Buddha teachings.


Arlette’s dedication and enthusiasm touched and inspired many people. With this article and recording, I honour her and our deep friendship.


I’m writing this as someone who is not a practicing Buddhist or scholar. I’m writing this as a singer, composer and vibrational healer who is in awe at the profound healing that occurs for me and those that sing and chant with me.

There are so many chants to share with you. For today, very close to a year after Arlette’s death, to honour her memory I’ll share the chant she first taught to me all those years ago walking in the Maui jungle. To respect and offer just a little bit of the profound teachings in this chant, the following is edited and condensed from a talk during Medicine Buddha Puja by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“When speaking of the Medicine Buddha chant, the Fifth Dalai Lama explains that the reason it is so powerful is due to Medicine Buddha’s strong compassion and dedications for his name to be wish fulfilling and bring happiness. It is extremely important in our daily life to practice Medicine Buddha and to chant his name for the animals. It’s an unbelievably easy way to liberate yourself and to help others too. Normally people think that Medicine Buddha is for healing but it’s not only that, it’s also very powerful for purifying negative karma and very powerful for success. The Medicine Buddha practice is so precious. It seems that you can do Medicine Buddha for ANY purpose, ANY problem, ANYTHING. You can use the Medicine Buddha practice for any kind of problem, for court cases, to stop wars, to stop violence, anything. It is very good for business, for mothers who are pregnant to give birth successfully, anything”.

Medicine Buddha’s Mantra: Tayata Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Radza Samudgate Soha.

    • Tayata – means “like this”.
    • Om – is composed of the three pure sounds A U and MA, which signifies one’s own body, speech and mind that get transformed into the holy body, speech and mind.
    • Bekandze bekandze -“eliminating pain, eliminating pain”. What eliminates pain is medicine. This pain is not ordinary pain – even animals do not want to experience that. The first eliminating pain is true suffering, the second is the true cause of suffering.
    • Maha bekandze -“the great eliminating pain” eliminates the three poisons of ignorance, hatred and attachment, the sicknesses of the mind from which come the physical sicknesses – cancer, depression, etc.
    • Radza – is king.
    • Samudgate – ocean of goodness.
    • Soha – to establish the foundation in the heart, the blessing, the devotion from which the realization comes.

It helps to have the intellectual understanding of what you are chanting and why you are chanting it. Yet, I have experienced that the power of the vowels, the breath, and the intention to calm the mind and connect with the heart is medicine in and of itself. This beautiful chant is the most powerful healing chant that I know. You can listen to it on my website. I look forward to sharing more healing chants with you and wish you every bright blessing in your life.