Even today, Yakushi is one of the most cherished Buddhist figures in Japan. Among the 88 temples on the well-trodden Shikoku Pilgrimage, 23 are dedicated to Yakushi, second only to the 29 sites dedicated to Kannon (Goddess of Mercy).
The second major deity among the 88 temples of the Shikoku Island Pilgrimage is called Yakushi Nyorai in Japanese. Yakushi made twelve vows or resolutions, the seventh one being the resolution that he would disperse the illness of any person who called upon his name. ’If my name be called for, I will cure any sick person, whose body and soul shall instantly feel tranquil and free from a sickly feeling.’ He is assisted by his two trusted attendants Nikkō & Gakkō, and also has under his jurisdiction twelve divine generals (Jūni Shinshō), who represent his twelve great vows. He is many times (and most popularly) portrayed carrying a pot of medicine in one hand, and it is from this pot that he dispenses healing medicines. These medicines heal both the sickness of body and the sickness of mind. Yakushi Nyorai is not depicted in the Vajaradhatu (Kongokai) Mandara, nor in the Garbhadhatu (Taizokai) Mandara. In Tibetan images, he is depicted beautifully in his own Mandala, aptly called “The Medicine Buddha Mandala.”
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