Dalai Lama: Only the Lord Buddha, the chief healer (man-la) can heal us, and only we ourselves can liberate us.
The above dialogues between the Chinese general and the Dalai Lama from the film Kundun summarizes the essence of the Medicine Buddha, revered all over Tibet as the healer of both mind and body.
Here he is seated on a double lotus pedestal wearing a magnificent ornate robe which covers both his shoulders leaving only the right nipple bare. Dispersed across his robe are the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism. His extended earlobes point to his once royal upbringing, when his ears elongated under the weight of the numerous jewels adorning them.
The Buddha's fingers are slim yet sturdy; in fact his whole body glows with a composure that only a combination of a healthy body and a peaceful mind can produce. His eyes too are gently closed in concentration, and along with his thinly pursed lips (with the naturalistic slight dent in the upper lip), and well-defined nose, make his mildly smiling face calming, yet invigorating.
This splendid sculpture displays the artists grasp over the diverse nuances of human anatomy, which he has successfully blended into the image of the Buddha, presenting before the worshipper a composite icon reverberating with harmony, inspiring us to bring harmony and balance into our own lives, leading to an existence which is in resonance with the rhythms of nature.
This piece of art was sculpted in Patan, a small town near Kathmandu (Nepal). After casting by the lost-wax process it was subjected to a complex process wherein silver of 99.99% purity was inlaid both across the robe of the Buddha as also the petals of the lotuses making up his pedestal.
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