This statue was chosen for use in our meditation room because its face expresses kindness, peacefulness and deep wisdom. These are characteristics of the subtle mind, which is our own natural state of mind when our delusory thoughts have evaporated.
The statue is of the original Buddha Sakyamuni in his manifestation as a healer (Medicine Buddha). He is holding a bowl which contains medicine for the healing of the world’s ills. Appearing from the bowl on this statue is a crystal lotus representing the transformation of all our negativity into clear enlightenment.
The Buddha is described in the Lotus Sutra and many other texts as a skilled physician who cures the deepest troubles of our minds and hearts using the medicine of his teachings.
Lama Tashi Namgyal makes this comment:
“If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment,but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental suffering.”
Remko has very skillfully captured its facial expression, the most important feature of a Buddha statue and the most difficult to photograph.
Thanks to Remko’s skill in photography, we can clearly see the essential symbolic features of this beautiful statue and more easily remember them in our meditations.