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Medicine Buddha


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     Blue in color and seated in a lotus bloom, Medicine Buddha                  (tib. Sanggye-Menlha) is often called the Buddha of Healing.  He dresses in monastic robes and holds in his left hand a patra or bowl, while his right hand holds the medicinal plant arura.  As the Buddha of Healing, he is considered the supreme physician.

      Medicine Buddha is the deity involved in the health, both physical and spiritual, of the practitioner.  Always found in the office of a Tibetan doctor, devotion to the Medicine Buddha is an essential part of the Tibetan process, not simply the holistic medicines prescribed.   The supreme physician is looked up to not only by doctors, but practitioners wishing to remove any physical barriers in the way of reaching their spiritual goals. 


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