|Buddhist cave in the forest of Phetburi, Thailand, a Theravada country (huffingtonpost.com)|
|Theravada novice-monks in Burma read the Dharma by candlelight (Cesar_Losada/flickr).|
|Land of the Medicine Buddha, Soquel|
At that time Venerable Maha Kassapa, who was living in the Pipphali Cave [pipphali guha, on a nearby hill close to the famous Vulture Peak, named after the shadows cast by the shape of the rocks], was afflicted with a grave illness and was suffering from some disease.
|Vulture Peak, a hill where the Buddha often resided in Rajgir, India. The small structure designates where Buddha used to stay. Picture taken from a neighboring hill. The valley below is where the outskirts of the old city of Rajagaha used to be (Griddhraj Parvat/wiki).|
|Novices in cave with the Buddha (Nadia Isakova)|
|How will we engineer our awakening?|
|Woodland animals can sense peace.|
Even when the Buddha got physically sick
Wisdom Quarterly English translation (SN 46.14), Bojjhanga Paritta, a summary of the Gilana Sutras on "Illness" and the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, a "protective chant"
(Buddhist Devotion) Bojjanga Piritha, devotional protective chant of the Maha Kassapa and other bojjhanga sutras.
|Tibetan novices gather round Medicine Buddha|
O, good people! Let us recite this Bojjhanga Sutra, which is endowed with the aforementioned attributes, which gives not a few benefits and which is like medicine and a mantra.
These seven factors of enlightenment -- namely, mindfulness, investigation of phenomena, effort (energy), rapture (joy), tranquility (serenity), concentration, and equanimity, which are all well-expounded by the All Seeing Sage -- promote, when practiced consistently, penetration of the Truth, cessation of suffering, and direct knowledge of the path to enlightenment. By this utterance of Truth may there always be happiness for you.
Once the Buddha saw Maha Moggalana and Maha Kassapa physically ill and in pain. He had them bring to mind the Seven Factors of Enlightenment.
|Light streams into Buddhist cave in faraway Mandalay, Burma (huffingtonpost.com)|
Having rejoiced at hearing the discourse reminding them of these liberating factors, they were immediately freed of their illness. By this utterance of Truth may there always be happiness to you.
Once when the King of the Dharma was himself oppressed by physical disease, he had Ven. Cunda recite the discourse respectfully, and having rejoiced at the Truth of this discourse was himself immediately cured of that physical disease. By this utterance of Truth may there always be happiness to you.
The diseases of the three Great Sages that were eradicated reached the stage of never occurring again like the mental defilements eradicated by the (magga-) path. By this utterance of Truth may there always be happiness for you.