Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

3.19 Bhaishajyaguru Mandala [1]

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The central figure is Bhaishajyaguru [Tib.: sangye menla], the buddha of medicine, the physician of human passions, the unfailing healer of the ills of samsara. He is dark blue like lapis lazuli and hence called Vaiduryaprabharaja. As blue is also well known as Akshobhya´s color, Bhaishajyaguru receives some of the attributes of Akshobhya, who presides over the east. Bhaishajyaguru holds the myrobalan [arura] plant in his right hand; his left hand cradles a bowl of amrita - medicine. The bowl is made of lapis lazuli and is dodecagonal in form, symbolizing his twelve resolutions to help human beings. His expression is calm and serene, and he does not wear a crown on his head.

The twelve yaksha generals are charged to protect adepts by the divine grace of Bhaishajyaguru. Each yaksha general reigns over one of the twelve months and twelve parts of the day, while Suryaprabha and Chandraprabha rule over day and night. The yaksha generals hold an animal, probably a mongoose, the symbol of Vaishravana, who is the king of the yakshas.

There are different emanations of Bhaishajyaguru. Six emanations can be seen on the top panel, to which Shakyamuni Buddha has been added in the center.

Source: Prof. Dr. Lokesh Chandra

Measurements: 21.3 x 21.3" | 54 x 54 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Color Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors