Mahayana Buddhist texts proclaim Medicine Buddha to hold the power to cure all suffering. Therefore, the faithful can receive his blessings and obtain his miracles. However, according to the eponymous “Medicine Buddha Sutra” he also has the power to grant devotees anything they desire.
Our Medicine Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting portrays him sitting in full lotus pose. Additionally, in his right hand he holds the myrobalan plant between index finger and thumb. This ancient medicinal herb is symbolic of Medicine Buddha’s powerful healing attributes. Additionally, the hand portrays the Varada “gift giving” mudra. The left hand of Medicine Buddha is in the Dhyana mudra with his lapis medicine bowl resting in the flat palm. Inside the bowl are the three lapis nectars which neutralize the three poisons of hatred, greed and ignorance.
Medicine Buddha has his own eastern pure land called “Pure Lapis Lazuli”. His sutra gives grand descriptions including the ground being made of pure lapis lazuli and the buildings constructed from the seven treasures. Additionally, his land radiates with the dark blue light of lapis lazuli. This blue light contains powerful healing attributes that will “awaken the minds of beings dwelling in darkness”.
To obtain the healing power of Medicine Buddha, devotees only need say his name or recite his mantra. Additionally, they must have faith or his miracles will not be effective. One way of filling the prescription is to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra 108 times over a glass of water. As a result, the healing power from the mantra will be transferred to the water. Therefore, whoever drinks it can obtain the benefits and cures of Medicine Buddha.