Check out this interview I did with Synergies In Healing Journal! Why is the Medicine Buddha blue? What is the connection between Tibetan Medicine & Ayurveda? What are the root causes of sickness… and more! The interviewer, Evelyn Einhaeuser, asked some fascinating questions.
Tibetan Medicine Tree
One of the questions that she surprised me with was asking about the Tibetan Medicine Tree. I didn’t realize that people outside of Tibetan Medicine knew about this tree – and it is one of my favorite features of the tradition because it shows in visual forms what the most important concepts are. The tree is used to communicate about the body ecology, causes of disease, factors of health, nutritional remedies and supplements and more!
Another great topic of the interview is the Medicine Buddha. The Medicine Buddha is both a meditation practice and mantra and part of the medical practice itself. Patients and physicians both use the practice to awaken the healing power of the body, mind. One thing I didn’t get to mention in the interview is that there are two different forms of the Medicine Buddha. Here they are below.
This form of the Medicine Buddha (blue buddha pictured on the left) is based on the figure of Shakyamuni Buddha (on the right), who is the founder of Buddhism. You can see the similarity in their form and seated posture and mudra.
The other form of the Medicine Buddha is Orgyen Menla which is practiced in the Nyingma lineage. This is based on the form of Padmasambhava, the Tantric Buddha of Tibet.