Superb limbs gathered in a fine padmasana. A perfectly erect spine, a silken robe draped over a single shoulder. A composure of countenance that conveys a seedless samadhi or profound yogic contemplation. Earlobes lengthened by years of accumulated wisdom and close-cropped curls gathered in a stupa-like bun atop the head, making for a soothingly familiar silhouette.
Lord Bhaishajyaguru is called the Healing Buddha because He is the presiding deity over traditional Tibetan medicine. He bears the all-important elixir in a pot, a blend of three nectars concocted to reverse disease, senescence, and death. This He holds in His left hand resting on His lap. Betwixt the fingers of His right hand is the myrobalan sprig, a crucial ingredient to all such elixirs expounded in the traditional medical texts. These two elements distinguish the Bhaishajyaguru iconography from the regular seated Buddha compositions.