Medicine Buddha Applique Thangka
Thangka with brocade border 36 x 28 inches (91 x 71cm)
Thangka without brocade border 18 x 14 inches (46 x 36cm)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border.
In the distant past, when the Medicine Buddha was a bodhisattva, he is said to have taken twelve vows out of his great compassion. These vows included the task of awakening peoples’ minds to bodhichitta, providing beings with the materials necessary for living, leading them to wisdom and wholesome actions, as well as relieving pfeople from deformities, illness, and other physical sufferings. After many lives of working to fulfill his vows, the bodhisattva attained complete enlightenment, becoming the one we know as the Medicine Buddha. He is currently said to dwell in the realms of Vaidūryanirbhāsa, or “Pure Lapis Lazuli,” where he is attended to by two bodhisattvas symbolizing the sun and the moon: Suyaprabha and Candraprabha.
He is depicted here seated in the lotus posture, his body the color of Lapis Lazuli, wearing the robes of a Buddhist monk. In his left hand he bears a lapis-colored jar of medicine nectar, while his right hand rests on his knee, holding the stem of the aruna fruit.
Each thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. Our appliqu̩éd thangkas are created using hundreds of hand-cut and embroidered pieces of satin and brocade silk, stitched together with Mongolian horsetail. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.
The thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border.
Learn more about thangka appliqué at Norbulingka here.