Medicine Buddha

  • Medicine Buddha 1 – 42 cm high, 30 cm wide

  • Medicine Buddha 2 – 40 cm high, 34 cm wide

Bhaiṣajyaguru, formally Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja (‘Medicine Master and King of Lapus Lazuli Light’), is the Buddha of healing and medicine in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Commonly referred to as the “Medicine Buddha”, he is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings. In the sutra, he is also described by his aura of lapis lazuli-colored light.

Bhaiṣajyaguru is typically depicted seated, wearing the three bhiksu’s robes of a Buddhist monk, holding a lapis lazuli-colored begging bowl or jar of medicine nectar in his left hand and the right hand resting on his right knee, holding the stem of the Aruna fruit or Myrobalan between thumb and forefinger. A Myrobalan plant, perceived to be a panacea, grows out of the bowl. This plant represents all of the best medicines in the world. The Medicine Buddha’s right hand gesture represents and symbolizes the eradication of suffering, especially the suffering of sickness, using the means of relative truth.

It is believed that the practice of the Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer (or Sangay Menla in Tibetan) and the use of his mantra can be extremely powerful for the healing of physical and mental illnesses, the purification of negative karma for oneself and others and for overcoming the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, or ignorance.
It can be exercised by having the patient recite the long Medicine Buddha mantra 108 times over a glass of water. The power of the mantra and the blessing of the Medicine Buddha himself, bless the water. Then the patient drinks the water. This practice is then repeated each day until the illness is cured.

The Tibetan pronunciation of the Medicine Buddha Healing Mantra (long form):

  • Om Namo Bhagavate
  • Bhaishyjya Guru
  • Vaidurya Prabha
  • Rajaya Tathagataya
  • Arhate Samyaksam
  • BuddhayaTayata
  • Om Bekhajye Bekhajye
  • Maha Bekajye
  • Bekhajye Rajaya
  • Samudgate Svaha

Om: we begin with Om, the under-current tone of the universe
Namo: means yielding or full of trust; to bend or bow, and might mean to melt into
Bhagavate: means in intimate relation to the Divine and often means the entire cosmos
Bhaishyjya: a name for the Medicine Buddha
Guru: Spiritual Master; also means the “that” which transmutes ignorance into wisdom
Vaidurya prabha: Divine deep blue light, like that of lapis lazuli
Rajaya: means Great King
Tathagataya: means once came or once gone
Arhate: one who has conquered the cycle of birth and death
Samyaksam buddhaya: perfectly enlightened
Tayata: do it like this
Om: again we begin with Om, the under-current tone of the universe
Bekhajye bekhajye: do away with the pain of illness
Maha bekhajye: do away with the pain of illness (of the darkness of Spiritual Ignorance)
Bekhajye rajaya: do away with the pain of illness
Samudgate: means the supreme heights. My prayer shall go to the highest and the widest and the deepest
Svaha: I offer this prayer and now relinquish it … to you Medicine Buddha

This long version could be understood as: “Homage to the Blessed One, The Master of Healing, The King of Lapis Lazuli Radiance, The One Thus-Come, The Worthy One, The Fully and Perfectly Awakened One.
Thus: Hail! Appear, O Healer, O Healer, O Great Healer, O King of Healing!”