Tibetan Buddhist Deity Medicine Buddha

FREE Delivery
Only 1 available
(25% off)
The Medicine Buddha, or Bhaisajyaguru, is a Buddha associated with healing in especially in Mahayana Buddhism. He is revered as one who can cure dukkha or suffering with medicine and his teachings. The practice of superior healing by the Buddha is powerful over healing oneself and others as well. At the same time, the Medicine Buddha practice is also followed to overcome inner turmoil connected with attachment, hate, and even ignorance. This is why the Medicine Buddha mantra is believed to be powerful against physical, mental, and spiritual sickness.

Depicted in this thangka is the Medicine Buddha in a seated position on a lotus throne. He is wearing layers of a Buddhist monk robe (notice the cloth draped over his shoulder). In his left hand is a jar that contains medicine nectar with a myrobalan plant growing in it. The fruit of this plant has medicinal benefits. Meanwhile, his right hand is on his knee holding a stem of the Aruna fruit with his thumb and forefinger in a gift-giving pose or mudra. His skin is blue and his aura is depicted with gold tones that further highlighted his skin tone. This blue tone can also be connected with his association with lapis-lazuli, a metamorphic rock valued as a semi-precious stone and has a deep-blue color. It is also said that upon his Buddhahood, his Pure Land is also tinted in lapis-lazuli whose color shines over the land as also seen in this thangka with blue rays emanating outside the circle he sits in. A quick zoom on the big halo (aura) shows there are seven swirl-like elements which are symbols of the Seven Bhaisajyaguru Buddhas and seven apsaras.

Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: TN35
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Dimensions Size of Painted Surface 11 inch X 13 inch
Size with Brocade 21 inch X 31 inch
Free delivery
Free delivery
Fully insured
Fully insured
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
Fair trade
Fair trade

Click Here to View the Thangka Painting along with its Brocade


Free Shipping. Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Unveiling the Divine Art: Journey into the Making of Thangkas

A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting that usually depicts a Buddhist Deity (Buddha or Bodhisattva), a scene, or a mandala. These paintings are considered important paraphernalia in Buddhist rituals. They are used to teach the life of the Buddha, various lamas, and Bodhisattvas to the monastic students, and are also useful in visualizing the deity while meditating. One of the most important subjects of thangkas is the Bhavacakra (the wheel of life) which depicts the Art of Enlightenment. It is believed that Thangka paintings were developed over the centuries from the murals, of which only a few can be seen in the Ajanta caves in India and the Mogao caves in Gansu Province, Tibet.

Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk applique and are usually small in size. The artist of these paintings is highly trained and has a proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, knowledge, and background to create a realistic and bona fide painting.
The process of making a thangka begins with stitching a loosely woven cotton fabric onto a wooden frame. Traditionally, the canvas was prepared by coating it with gesso, chalk, and base pigment. Image
After this, the outline of the form of the deity is sketched with a pencil or charcoal onto the canvas using iconographic grids. The drawing process is followed in accordance with strict guidelines laid out in Buddhist scriptures. The systematic grid helps the artist to make a geometrical and professional painting. When the drawing of the figures is finalized and adjusted, it is then outlined with black ink. Image
Earlier, a special paint of different colors was made by mixing powdered forms of organic (vegetable) and mineral pigments in a water-soluble adhesive. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paints instead. The colors are now applied to the sketch using the wet and dry brush techniques. One of the characteristic features of a thangka is the use of vibrant colors such as red, blue, black, green, yellow, etc. Image
In the final step, pure gold is coated over some parts of the thangka to increase its beauty. Due to this beautification, thangkas are much more expensive and also stand out from other ordinary paintings. Image
Thangka paintings are generally kept unrolled when not on display on the wall. They also come with a frame, a silken cover in front, and a textile backing to protect the painting from getting damaged. Because Thangkas are delicate in nature, they are recommended to be kept in places with no excess moisture and where there is not much exposure to sunlight. This makes them last a long time without their colors fading away. Painting a thangka is an elaborate and complex process and requires excellent skills. A skilled artist can take up to 6 months to complete a detailed thangka painting. In earlier times, thangka painters were lamas that spent many years on Buddhist studies before they painted.
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy