Bhaisajyaguru of the Nihon-Ji Temple
By adrbr @ 2009-04-20 05:57:24
Bhaiṣajyaguru is typically depicted seated, wearing the three robes of a Buddhist monk, holding a lapis-colored jar of medicine nectar in his left hand and the right hand resting on his right knee, holding the stem of the Aruna fruit or Myrobalan between thumb and forefinger. In the sutra, he is also described by his aura of lapis lazuli-colored light. He is also depicted standing on a Northern Wei stele from approximately 500 AD now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accompanied by his two attendants, Surya prabha and Chandra prabha. Within the halo are depicted the Seven Bhaiṣajyaguru Buddhas and seven apsaras.