Devotion to Bhaishajyaguru or the Medicine Buddha is widely practiced, particularly in Tibet, Japan and China. He is seen as a healer of both physical and spiritual suffering. Even touching an image of Bhaishajyaguru is considered to have healing effects. Here, we see him with elongated earlobes and a topknot wearing a patchwork robe and sitting in the vajrásana pose with his right foot crossed over his left. In his right hand, he holds a myrobalan fruit, known for its medicinal properties, while his left palm is open and rests in his lap.
Consider Bhaishajyaguru and take a restorative moment for yourself.
- Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
- Slowly begin to scan your body.
- Notice if there’s any tension and, if so, where it is located.
- As you bring awareness to this area, ask yourself, “What do I need right now?”
- Breathe in this energy of what you need to where you feel tension and then to your whole body.
- Take a deep breath in.
- Take a deep breath out.