Crowned Medicine Buddha Statue
This oxidized copper Medicine Buddha statue appears solitary however the statue represents 7 Buddhas. This is because there are 7 Medicine Buddhas that reside in the Lapis Jewel land. Each of these Buddhas has highly trained attendants who wish to ease the suffering of sentient life. As a result, Medicine Buddha is a highly venerated figure in Pure Land Buddhism.
Healing Attribute of Shakyamuni Buddha
Tibetan Buddhists also hold Medicine Buddha in high regard. This is because in Vajrayana Buddhism they believe that Shakyamuni Buddha gave the gift of medicine to sentient life. Therefore, Medicine Buddha represents the healing attribute of Shakyamuni.
The right hand of our oxidized copper Medicine Buddha statue is depicting the Varada or “boon granting” mudra. The mudra is displayed with the right hand draped over the right knee. Additionally, the palm of the hand is open and facing forward. The gesture reflects the gift giving sentiment of Buddhas and bodhisattvas.
In ancient India and Nepal there is a common medicinal herbal remedy that comes from the myrobalan tree. This herbal remedy was widely used during the time of Shakyamuni Buddha in the 6th century BCE. In the right hand of our Medicine Buddha statue he is holding the stem of the myrobalan plant between his thumb and index finger.
However, it is important to note that Buddhists would regard the depiction of the herbal medicine as a metaphor. This is because it is believed that all suffering is caused by indiscretions related to the defilements. Therefore, the cure to all mental and physical suffering is practicing the precepts and meditation.
World Class Sculpture
Our sculpture was created by the best artisans in the world located in Patan Nepal. When viewing the sculpture it is important to pay close attention to the details. This would include the intricate engravings on the pedestal and robe.
The Deer Park Sermon
There are two deer found on the base of the pedestal on the back of the statue. This would be in reference to the deer park sermon that the original Buddha gave in Sarnath after he obtained enlightenment. Many of the Nepali statues were originally designed for the Tibetan monasteries. As a result, we see the connection between medicine and the teachings of the Dharma.