10. Medicine Buddha Applique
Style: Applique

Medicine Buddha or the Healing Buddha is acknowledged as Bhaiajyaguru, indicating that he is the master of medicines and ‘doctor of souls and bodies.’ Identical to Buddha Śa-kya-muni, he has the ushnisa on the top of his head exemplifying his spiritual power, is clad in a monastic robe and is seated in Padmasana. Bhaiajyaguru is symbolic of the healing facet of Buddha Śa-kya-muni in Mahayana Buddhism. Medicine Buddha is always portrayed in a profound lapis lazuli blue, with his left hand positioned in the mediation mudra holding a medicine bowl, while his right hand is placed on the right knee clasping a stem or fruit of the myrobalan plant (a medicinal plant found in India).

This applique was created on a hand woven silk. The Medicine Buddha is seen commonly in Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The pharmaceutical practices of the Daoist influences the importance of the Bhaisajyaguru. The Medicine Buddha is always painted in lapis lazuli.