Medicine Buddha with Amitabha Buddha thangka is hand-painted on a handmade cotton canvas. Bhaisajyaguru is known as Medicine Buddha. He is also called the healing Buddha.
Medicine Buddha is presented at the center of the thangka. Two standing gods are presented at the bottom left and bottom right corner of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top left corner of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. Shakyamuni Buddha is presented at the top right corner of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka.
He is said to dispense spiritual medicine when properly worshiped. It is even believed that an efficacious cure may be accomplished by merely touching the image.
In Tibet, he may be represented either as a Buddha or as a Bodhisatwa. As a Buddha, he has the urn (small round bulge or protuberance above the bridge of the nose) the fourth superior marks of a buddha Ushinisha (A Buldge of the protuberance in the skull of the Buddha the first superior marks of a Buddha ) short and curly hair. He wears a monastic robe, is seated with the legs crossed.
His left hand lying in his lap in meditation mudra, usually holds the medicine bowl, while the right hand in charity mudra hold either a branch with fruit or the fruit alone, of the myrobalan, as a medicinal plant found in India and other tropical countries.
Iconography of Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha is the popular term for Bhaisajyaguru and refers to healing blue light transmitted by his representation and conception. Bhaisajyaguru means “Master of Blue Light”.
His healing energy is transmitted through a blue light wavelength called Vaydurya light. Medicine Buddha radiates this healing energy. Think of the light as internal chakra energy.
Mantra of Medicine Buddha
Namo bhagavate bhaisajyaguru vaiduryaprabharajaya tathagataya arhate samyaksambuddhaya tadyatha: om bhaisajye bhaisajye bhaisajya-samudgate svaha.
Iconography of Shakyamuni
Shakyamuni Buddha is presented at the top right corner of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. His left hand is in the lap holding a begging bowl while the right arm is extended across the leg with the fingers touching the earth.
His skin is golden in color, the eyes partially closed and the hair piled with a gold ornament adorning the top of the head.
A dot (bindi or “urna”) between the eyebrows and the earlobes are elongated and pierced.
The shoulders are covered with an orange and red robe wrapped around the torso and legs and tied at the waist with a green sash.
Mantra of Shakyamuni
The mantra of Shakyamuni is Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha.
Iconography of Amitabha buddha
Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top left corner of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. Amitabha is head of the Lotus Family, one of the oldest & significant of the Five Buddha Families. This family represents love, purity, compassion & peace. Amitabha Purelandis a place of infinite bliss & boundless light.
Amitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdoAmitabha Buddha is also one of the five Tathagatas representing the wisdom of discriminating awareness. Amitabha Buddha is red in color. He is represented in the stupa facing to the west. He rides on a peacock symbolizing that he can take away the suffering of others just as the peacock eats poisonous plants and yet his tail shines forth.
Mantra of Amitabha Buddha
The mantra of Amitabha Buddha is Om ami dewa hr.