8 Medicine Buddhas

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The Eight Medicine Buddhas

The masters of Ultimate Healing

Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha of our time, once emanated as a blue Buddha, and in this form he gave teachings on Ultimate Healing.

The Medicine Buddha -and thus Tibetan Medicine- is associated with healing not only physical but also mental suffering.

If we make a connection with the Medicine Buddha by practicing his meditations and reciting his healing mantra may help us reach our potential for healing both body & mind.

In traditional Tibetan thangkas, this healing master with the color of Lapis Lazuli is often depicted in the company of seven other Medicine Buddhas, one of them being Buddha Shakyamuni himself.

The making of

This thangka which is quite large, took a long time to paint, as there are many elements involved and a lot of detail.

Carmen Mensink paints the 8 Medicine Buddhas


Carmen Mensink explains the symbolism of the Medicine Buddha and how it’s painted during one of her thangka drawing and painting classes

One of Carmen’s students painting a Buddha of Healing

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