The practice of Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menla, the Supreme Healer), is a powerful method to increase healing for oneself and others, overcome inner attachment, hatred, and ignorance, and to accumulate merit and virtue. Closely associated with Tibetan Medicine, the practices are effective in bringing inner and outer elements into balance, especially during times of degeneration.
As a bodhisattva, Sangye Menla made a series of 12 aspirations, vowing to free sentient beings from illnesses. Thus, to meditate on the Medicine Buddha can relieve physical and mental afflictions and suffering, purify negative karma, and help those who face an untimely death.
The Buddha deity in the thangka is shown in a seated, vajra cross position. His form radiates a rich blue color, evoking the blue and subtle gold hues of lapis lazuli. His right hand rests on his knee in a gesture of granting wishes, and he holds the stem of a medicinal plant that cures the three poisons. A blue beryl bowl filled with medicinal nectar rests in his left hand. He wears orange robes. Beneath the figure is a green and gentle landscape with flowing rivers, jewel offerings and medicinal plants.
Sangye Menla's mantra is Tadyathā Oṃ Bhaiṣajye Bhaiṣajye Mahābhaiṣajye (bhaiṣajye) Rāja Samudgate Svāhā.
The hand painted image in this splendid thangka is 23.5" tall and 17.5" wide. With the brocade frame, it measures 47" in height, and 32" in width. The dowel measures 37".