Also known as Bhaisajyaguru, our Medicine Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting depicts him in a regal golden robe. Additionally, his skin is the color of lapis lazuli which is the healing color of Medicine Buddha. Medicine Buddha sits in full lotus pose and holds his lapis medicine bowl in the palm of his left hand. It is full of the three nectars which will eliminate the three poisons of delusion, ill will and greed. In his right hand he is depicting the Varada – gift giving – mudra. Indeed the mudra is very symbolic because Medicine Buddha has given the gift of medicine to sentient life. However, it is not a pharmaceutical cure. This powerful medicine is the cure provided by the Dharma which heals with karma purification and diligent practice.
This Medicine Buddha Tibetan thangka painting is traditional Tibetan art. As a result, the Five Wisdom Tathagatas are painted above him in the Buddhist heaven. These five Buddhas are highly venerated in Tibetan Buddhism. Among them is Amitabha Buddha who has a close affiliation with Medicine Buddha.
Additionally, this Medicine Buddha thangka depicts him holding the stem of the myrobalan plant between his right thumb and index finger. The myrobalan plant is a proven herbal remedy that predates the original Buddha. Indeed, it is still used today as an effective cure for certain ailments. However, in this instance it is primarily symbolic since bad karma is the cause of all physical, mental and spiritual sickness. Click here to learn more about the healing attributes of Medicine Buddha.