Buddhist Dharma teachings can be viewed as the cure for “dukkha” suffering. However, these are not only metaphysical concepts because they can relieve both mental and physical suffering. As a result, Mahayana teachings speak of a Bhaisajyaguru or Medicine Buddha. This medicine Buddha lives in his “Lapis Jewel” Pure Land. Although it is believed that there are actually 7 Medicine Buddhas in this pure land who have thousands of attendants that are high level practitioners. As a result, our Medicine Buddha statue is an elaborate depiction of the Mahayana Bhaisajyaguru.
Medicine Buddha Statue Features
The basic features of Medicine Buddha statues are ubiquitous. In his right hand he holds the stem of the myrobalan plant between his thumb and forefinger. Additionally, he is simultaneously expressing the Varada or boon granting mudra. The myrobalan plant is an ancient herbal remedy used in Asia and it is still used today. Therefore, it has a dually symbolic meaning that is both metaphorical and practical. The Varada mudra indicates that our Medicine Buddha statue is granting the gift of knowledge to sentient life.
Our Medicine Buddha statue is also holding the bowl of Lapis nectar in the palm of his left hand. Lapis is the symbolic nectar that will cure all suffering. However, this is not available by prescription it can only be acquired by diligent practice and abiding by “sila” – morality.
Furthermore, this Medicine Buddha statue is seated in full lotus pose on a double lotus pedestal. He wears the Ushnisha topknot, hair coils, necklines and also possesses the 3rd eye of wisdom between the brows. However, the most dramatic feature is the lavishly decorated robe with elegant engravings on the front and back. Additionally, on the back of the statue near the base you will find the 8 auspicious symbols hand carved into the pedestal.