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Tibet, XIX sec.
The Buddha of medicine.
Central figure in the Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna traditions.
Supreme manifestation of the Buddha as a "master therapist", who through his "medicine" (Dharma) cures the "disease" (duḥkha) directing the "sick man" who entrusts himself to him (the disciple) towards definitive "healing" (nirvāṇa').
Master of the medical arts and healer of all ills. His emblems are different types of medicinal plants and a bowl. He is often depicted with a blue body (lapis lazuli), sitting in padmāsana, with his right hand in varadamudrā, a bud, a fruit or a flowered branch in the same hand and the bowl (which at the same time represents the offering in the spiritual dimension and the instrument for the preparation of medications in the material dimension) in the left hand.