Thrangu Rinpoche says that all deities are very similar in that they devote themselves to helping sentient beings. But beings have many different propensities and karma, so the deities manifest in different forms.
The Medicine Buddha looks similar to the Shakyamuni Buddha touching the ground, but he is the color of lapis lazuli a mineral found mainly in Afganistan and known to the Tibetans. In his left hand in meditation mudra he a bowl of medicinal amrita and in his right hand he holds a medicinal (myrobalan) plant in the giving mudra. This photograph shows the Medicine Buddha alone on a lion's throne.
Thrangu Rinpoche has also written a 200 page book on The Medicine Buddha Practice available on this website under books. The PDF of this book is also available under PDFs of Dharma books section of this website.
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You can download the medium size (4 by 6 inches) or the large size (8 x 10 inches) or both.
You can also order a print of this photo in the Dharma Photos section of this website.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 25 March, 2020.