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Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru

Bhaiṣajyaguru [Tibetan: Sangs rgyas sman bla- སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་བླ] commonly referred to as the "Medicine Buddha", he is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings of healing and medicine

Subsequent translations and commentaries in describing him as a Buddha. The image of Bhaisajyaguru is usually expressed with a canonical Buddha-like form holding a gallipot and, in some versions, possessing blue skin. Though also considered to be a guardian of the East, in most cases Akshobhya is given that role. As an exceptional case, the honzon of Mount Köya's Kongöbu Temple was changed from Akshobhya to Bhaisajyaguru

In one hand, Medicine Buddha holds an arura plant, known for its healing powers; in the other, a begging bowl filled with medicinal nectar.