On a plain lotus-shaped oval base, Buddha is seated taut in meditation posture. He is clad in a goldenrod robe. His empty hands rest on his lap as he meditates in a yogic posture. His eyes are half shut and his head is covered in curly knots. The cranial brown bump signifies transcended wisdom he has achieved and elongated earlobes are characteristic of the painful voices he could hear from afar. The figure may represent the historical Buddha Sakyamuni or the transcendental Buddha Amitabha. Medicine Buddha is said to have procured from this sacred scripture.
Buddha the Great Healer was once seated in meditation surrounded by a gathering of followers including divine physicians, great sages, non-Buddhist gods and bodhisattva, all of whom wished to learn the art of healing. Rendered speechless by the radiant glory of his appearance, they were unable to request the desired teachings. To accommodate their unspoken wishes, the Medicine Buddha manifested two emissions, one to request the teachings and the other to deliver them. Thus, the Buddhist account of the various mental and physical ailments, their causes, diagnoses, and therapy is said to have begun into practice.
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Assembly of the Medicine Buddha
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Medicine Buddha Copper Sculpture
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