Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 100621)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Medicine Guru Buddha (Tibetan: sang gye men la. English: the Buddha - Guru of Medicine).

"...Bhagavan, Medicine Guru, with a body dark blue in colour, one face and two hands. The right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity holding an arura, left in meditative equipoise holding a bowl of nectar; with splendid glorious marks and examples. Wearing three religious robes, two feet are seated in vajra posture. On the right is the Conqueror's son Suryabhaskara, with a body red in colour, the left hand holds a lotus marked with a sun. On the left is Chandrabhaskara, white, the left hand holds a lotus marked with a moon. Both right hands perform the mudra of supreme generosity. The retinue of the Lord are adorned with silks and jewels, standing on lotus and moon seats in a manner of homage." (Written by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892. The Collected Works of the Great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, vol.12, fol.49-51. sGrub Thabs Kun bTus, vol.5, fol.156-158. Translated October, 1994).

Lineage of Teachers: Muni Shakya Simha, Arya Manjughosha, Khenchen Bodhisattva Shantirakshita, Dharma King Trisong Detsen, Dharma King Sena Legjing Yon, Ngadag Tri Ralpachen, Lhalung Palgyi Dorje, Ngadag Odsrung, Tri Palkor Tsan, Kyide Nyima Gon, Ngadag Tashi De, Lha Lama Yeshe Od, Ngadag Lha De - or - Lhatsun Jangchub Od, Ngadag Od De, Ngadag Tse De, Ngari Drachom Jangchub Tsultrim, Shulenpa Sherab Dragpa, Rechu Lepa Dharma Gyaltsen, (etc.).

Jeff Watt [2-2016]

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