Interpreting Medicine Buddha

Interpreting Medicine Buddha

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The Viability of Medicine Buddha

In this portion, we are going to learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha. After that, we will learn the short etymological description of the word Medicine Buddha itself.

Etymology of Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha is called Bhaishajyagur in .  Medicine Buddha is also known as sang Gye men la in . And in English Medicine Buddha is also known as the Buddha, of Medicine.

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha. Now, we are going to learn about the of the Medicine Buddha.

Iconography of the Medicine Buddha

In the iconography of Medicine Buddha, we will learn about his posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Medicine Buddha in and statue.

Posture of Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha is dark blue in color. Medicine Buddha has one face and two hands. Medicine Buddha is held in the right in a gesture like that of supreme generosity.

Medicine Buddha is held a myrobalan plant. The left hand of the Medicine Buddha is placed in the lap in the gesture of supporting the black begging of a – filled with nectar.  Medicine Buddha is adorned with the patchwork robes of a fully ordained monk and the left arm covered.

Medicine Buddha is appearing in the aspect of a buddha he is seated in posture above a and lion supported tiered .

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha and the iconography of the Medicine Buddha. Now, we are going to learn about depicting Medicine Buddha.

Depicting Medicine Buddha Thangka

The thangka of Medicine Buddha is from Tibet. It is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Medicine Buddha is from lineage. The base of the is Mineral Pigment on . Currently, this painting is in the .

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation if MedicineBuddha with Buddha, Hayagriva, and , etc.

Amitayus Buddha

Amitayus Buddha is in the top center of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. Amitayus Buddha is known as the Buddha of Long Life. Amitayus Buddha is also known as Nine Deity according to the lineage of Jetair.

At the center is the buddha of long-life Amitayus who is red in color with one face and two hands placed in the of meditation. Amitayus Buddha is holding a golden vase of long-life nectar. Amitayus Buddha is adorned with a crown, gold and jewel ornaments and variously colored .

Amitayus Buddha sits in vajra posture on a moon disc and lotus blossom.  Amitayus Buddha, has Eight identical surround the central figure.

Hayagriva

Hayagriva is in the bottom center of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka. Hayagriva is red and who is with one face and two hands.

In and Japanese , Hayagriva is an important deity who originated as a attendant of or in . Hayagriva Buddha is appearing in the Vedas as two separate deities.  Hayagriva Buddha was assimilated into the of early Buddhism and eventually was identified as a in .

In Tibet, Hayagriva was promoted especially by Buddhist teacher Atisa and appeared as a worldly . His special ability is to diseases and especially diseases even as serious as leprosy which is said to be caused by . In Japanese , Hayagriva is considered a form of Avalokiteśvara with the wrathful form of one of the six Avalokitesvara’s intended to save the sentient beings of the .

Padmasambhava

Padmasambhava is in the lower right of the Medicine Buddha in the thangka.

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha, the iconography of the Medicine Buddha, and depicting Medicine Buddha. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Medicine with .

Medicine Buddha with Prajnaparamita Thangka

The thangka of Medicine Buddha with Prajnaparamita is from . It is made between 1800 – 1899 AD. Medicine Buddha with Prajnaparamita is from , Drukpa (Kagyu), and Buddhist. The size of the painting is 59.69×43.18cm. The base of the painting is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Currently, this printing is in the Rubin of .

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about the presentation of Medicine Buddha with Bhaishajyaguru .

At the center of the Medicine Buddha there representing the goddess, Prajnaparamita is the sutra by the same name. When painting of Medicine Buddha he switches places with Prajnaparamita and occupies one of the eight minor positions surrounding the center. Some actually portray the Goddess herself rather than using the sutra text.

Bhaishajyaguru Sutra

The form and practice of Medicine Buddha are derived from the Bhaishajyaguru Sutra. And taught by Lord . In the Tradition. This sutra is classified as a . Common to all schools of Medicine Buddha is particularly important to the medical traditions.

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha, the iconography of the Medicine Buddha, depicting Medicine Buddha, and the representation of Medicine Budha with prajnaparamita. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri.

Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri Thangka

The thangka of Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri is from Tibet. It is made between 1700 – 1799 AD. It is from Buddhist lineage. The base of the painting is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. The thangka of Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri is from a private collection.

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about Medicine Buddha.

Ashokattamshri Buddha is pink in color.  He is Seated at the upper left. And viewer’s side is Dudtsi Drag in 4th in the Narang lineage. On the right side, there is Chim Drag in 7th in the lineage.

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha, the iconography of the Medicine Buddha, depicting Medicine Buddha,  the representation of Medicine Budha with prajnaparamita, and the representation of Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri. Now, we are going to learn about the presentation of Medicine Buddha with Kutagara .

Medicine Buddha with Kutagara Vajrapani Thangka

The thangka of Medicine Buddha with Kutagara Vajrapani is from . It is made between 1700 – 1799 AD. Medicine Buddha with Kutagara Vajrapani is from and Buddhist lineage. The base of the painting is ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Currently, this painting is in the Rubin Museum of Art.

By depicting this thangka, we will learn about Medicine Buddha.

Medicine Buddha Mandala is a common practice to replace the figure of Medicine Buddha at the center of the mandala. And substitute either the figure of Prjanaparamita or to depict the Prajnaparamita text. Above the are eight red medallions containing the Eight drawn in gold.

The Seven Jewels of Royalty are also present with the wishful-filling jewel at the middle left along with the general at the middle right. The minister, queen, wheel, and elephant are located below the bottom of the mandala. At the top center is a teacher wearing a monastic dress and a yellow Pandita hat.

Slightly below to the left is Kutagara Vajrapani who is wrathful in appearance and who blue in color. He holds upraised in his right hand a vajra scepter. In the left hand is a white skullcup.

Earlier, we learn about the viability of Medicine Buddha, the iconography of the Medicine Buddha, depicting Medicine Buddha,  the representation of Medicine Budha with prajnaparamita, and the representation of Medicine Buddha with Ashokattamshri. And finally, we learn about the presentation of Medicine Buddha with Kutagara Vajrapani.

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