Artwork Resource Packet: Thangka with Bhaishajyaguru, the Medicine Buddha
This colorful thangka, or scroll painting, represents the Buddha as the master of medicine and teacher of healers. As the patron deity of Tibetan medicine, he is a healer of both the body and spirit. Not only is this painting rich in meaning, it is a beautiful aesthetic achievement, and the harmonious use of bold, vibrant colors is characteristic of Tibetan art. This teaching packet includes an essay, discussion questions, activity ideas, a glossary, and an image of the artwork.