Medicine Buddha Mandala Thangka is a venerable Tibetan Buddhist art form, characterized by intricate paintings of the Medicine Buddha and its accompanying mandala on fabric. Such works are regularly used as visual aids for meditation and spiritual exercise.
The Medicine Buddha, referred to as Bhaiṣajyaguru in Sanskrit, is a preeminent figure of Mahayana Buddhism. He is venerated as the supreme healer, both spiritually and physically. Bhaiṣajyaguru is depicted seated in a lotus pose, wearing the royal garments and the monastic attire of a Buddhist monk. His being symbolizes boundless and pure compassion.
The Medicine Buddha is depicted holding a jar of healing nectar in his left hand and a myrobalan plant in his right, symbolizing the longevity and healing power of his teachings. The mandala around him introduces a complex pattern of sacred symbols and deities, alluding to Medicine Buddha's celestial palace used for reflection and healing. This intricate web of circles, squares, and shapes is enhanced with dynamic colors and detailed embellishment.
The Medicine Buddha Mandala Thangka symbolizes devotion and serves as a meditative center for healing practices. By focusing on the thangka, practitioners strive to activate the therapeutic power of the Medicine Buddha and cultivate wisdom, kindness, and spiritual harmony.