The Medicine Buddha

by Thea Cowsky

Medicine Buddha MantraThe Buddha of Healing is the Medicine Buddha. He is the manifestation of the healing energy of all the Buddhas. His name in Sanskrit means “Master of Medicine and King of Lapis Lazuli Light”. The healing of the Medicine Buddha can be physical or emotional. And the ultimate, final healing is the spiritual healing that arises from his teachings.

The Medicine Buddha is often blue in color, and he sits surrounded by a halo of radiant blue light. His right hand rests palm forward over his right knee in the mudra of supreme giving, holding the stem of the arura or Myrobalan plant, an ancient healing plant. The combination of the hand mudra and the arura plant represent the giving the great medicine able to eliminate all illness.

 Medicine Buddha Altar Statue

Shakya Design Medicine Buddha Altar Statue

His left hand is in his lap in the mudra of meditation, and holds a lapis lazuli bowl of healing nectar, which symbolizes holding or possessing spiritual healing.

Repeating or concentrating on the name of the Medicine Buddha, Bhaisajaguru, or on the Medicine Buddha Mantra, is believed to have the power to free one from negative emotions and afflictions. Requests made to the Medicine Buddha, either for oneself or for others, can be for healing of all types, both physical and emotional and also for the ultimate healing that comes from spiritual realization that permanently eliminates suffering.

Read the mantra associated with the Medicine Buddha.

Contributing author David Cowsky

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