Manjushree with Medicine Buddha is hand-painted on cotton canvas by a Thangka artist from Nepal. Manjushree is embodied as enlightened wisdom. He confers mastery of the Dharma, wisdom, and eloquence and teaches the path of a bodhisattva in the Mahayana tradition. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment.
Manjushree is presented at the center of the thangka. Vajrapani is presented at the right down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Chenrezig is presented at the left down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top of Manjushree in the thangka. Shakyamuni Buddha is presented at the top left of the Manjushree in the thangka. Medicine Buddha is presented at the top right corner of the Manjushree in the thangka.
Iconography of Manjushree
Manjushree is presented at the center of the painting. Manjushree is the Bodhisattva who holds the flaming sword of enlightenment, in his left hand in a warning hand gesture in the left hand representing his realization of wisdom to cut through ignorance & wrong view. His right hand depicted in teaching holds the stem of a Blue Lotus flower upon which rests the Book (Pustaka) of Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom.
Mantra of Manjushree
The mantra of Manjushree is Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih.
Iconography of Vajrapani
Vajrapani is presented at the right down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Vajrapaṇi is one of the earliest bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of the Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power.
Vajrapani is pictured dancing wildly within a halo of flames which represents transformation. He holds a vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. Vajrapani looks wrathful, but as a representation of the enlightened mind. He is completely free from hatred.
Mantra of Vajrapani
The mantra of Vajrapani is om vajrapani hum phat.
Iconography of Chenrezig
Chenrezig is presented at the left down of the Manjushree in the thangka. Chenrezig Tibetan Art is visualized in many forms with various numbers of faces and arms, and various colors and ornaments. He sits on a lotus and the flat disc of the moon with another moon disk behind him, reflecting his total purity.
Two of his four arms are joined in the prayer position holding the wish-fulfilling gem. In his other left hand, he holds a lotus flower and in his other right hand, there is a crystal mala which he is using to count the repetitions of his mantra.
Mantra of Chenrezig
The Mantra of Chenrezig is Om Mani Padme Hum.
Iconography of Amitabha Buddha
Amitabha Buddha is presented at the top of the Manjushree 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.
Iconography of Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha is presented at the top right corner of the Manjushree in the thangka. 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
Iconograpy of Shakyamuni
Shakyamuni Buddha is presented at the top left of the Manjushree in the thangka. His left hand is in his 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 is 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.