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Bhaishajyaraja

Bhaiṣajyarāja
Sanskritभैषज्यराज
Bhaiṣajyarāja
Chinese(Traditional)
藥王菩薩
(Simplified)
药王菩萨
(Pinyin: Yàowáng Púsà)
Japanese薬王菩薩やくおうぼさつ
(romaji: Yakuō Bosatsu)
Korean약왕보살
(RR: Yagwang Bosal)
VietnameseDược Vương Bồ Tát
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Bhaiṣajyarāja (Skt: भैषज्यराज; Traditional Chinese: 藥王; Simplified Chinese: 药王; pinyin: yào wáng; Japanese: 薬王 Yakuō; Vietnamese: Dược Vương Bồ Tát), or Medicine King, is a bodhisattva mentioned within the Lotus Sutra and the Bhaiṣajyarāja-bhaiṣajyasamudgata-sūtra (Chinese: 佛說觀藥王藥上二菩薩經; Sūtra Spoken by the Buddha on Visualizing the Two Bodhisattvas Bhaisajyarāja and Bhaisajyasamudgata).[1][2][3] In chapter 23 of the Lotus Sutra (The Bodhisattva Bhaiṣajyarāja), the Buddha tells the story of the 'Medicine King' Bodhisattva, who, in a previous life, burnt his body as a supreme offering to a Buddha.[4][5][6] He is said to have been reborn over a period of numerous lifetimes healing and curing diseases, and is a representation of the healing power of the Buddha.

Notes

  1. ^ Buswell, Robert Jr; Lopez, Donald S. Jr., eds. (2013). Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 109. ISBN 9780691157863.
  2. ^ Watson, Burton (tr.) (2009). The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Chapters. Tokyo: Soka Gakkai. ISBN 978-4-412-01409-1, pp. 321-330
  3. ^ Kern, H. (tr.) (1884). Saddharma Pundarîka or the Lotus of the True Law. Sacred Books of the East, Vol. XXI, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  4. ^ Williams 1989, p. 160.
  5. ^ Benn 2007, p. 59.
  6. ^ Ohnuma 1998, p. 324.

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