The Medicine Buddha (Skt: Bhaishajyaguru) encompasses the healing essence of all the Buddhas. It is said that anyone hearing his name or reciting his mantra (TADYATHA OM BEKHANDZYE BEKHANDZYE MAHA BEKHANDZYE RADZA SAMUDGATE SVAHA) will not be reborn in the lower realms.
The healing experienced by practicing the Medicine Buddha goes beyond curing our physical ailments. It also refers to overcoming the pain of suffering and the cause of suffering referred to in the Four Noble Truths. In other words, it is medicine that helps eliminate our defilements as we progress on the path to enlightenment.
The Medicine Buddha is the bright blue of lapis lazuli. In his left hand, he holds a traditional begging bowl that contains the nectar of cures and healing herbs. His right hand has the palm facing outward in the mudra of giving. He holds the stem of the Aruna flower.