Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 35815)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Red Background on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Medicine Guru Buddha (Tibetan: sang gye men lha. Sanskrit: Bhaishajyaguru Vaiduryaprabha-raja): at the center is Medicine Buddha surrounded by the seven buddha brothers. Iconographically the Medicine Buddha has the typical appearance of a buddha but rather than golden skin has a blue colour. He holds in the right hand a myrobalan medicinal fruit and in the left supports a black begging bowl filled with healing nectar in the lap.

"...Bhagavan, Medicine Guru, with a body dark blue in colour, one face and two hands. The right hand is in the gesture of supreme generosity holding an arura, left in meditative equipoise holding a bowl of nectar; with splendid glorious marks and examples. Wearing the three religious robes; two feet seated in vajra posture." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

At the middle left is Maitreya. At the middle right is Manjushri. At the lower center is Vaishravana Riding a Lion.

Jeff Watt 3-2014

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