Amitabha Buddha

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Sanskrit: Amitāyus[ɐmɪˈtaːbʱɐ])
Japanese: Amida(Japanese)

Amitābha, or Amitāyus, in the Mahayana Buddhism scriptures, is a celestial buddha. Both these words mean "Infinite Light", or "The Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life". In China and Japan, the two names are often used interchangeably. However, in Tibet the two forms are never confounded, since Amitayus is worshiped in a special ceremony for obtaining long life.

In the ancient scripture of Pure Land Buddhism(a branch of East Asian Buddhism), where he is the principal buddha, he is known as the great saviour buddha. Amitabha as a saviour figure was never as popular in Tibet and Nepal as he was in East Asia, but he is highly regarded in those countries as one of the five “self-born” buddhas (dhyani-buddhas) who have existed eternally.

Painting description:
In this painting, Amitābha buddha has both his feet over the lotus flowers, floating above the clouds. He is facing east direction, with a sparsely open eyelids and displaying the dhyan mudra. The meaning of this mudra is that wisdom (symbolized by the raised hand) is accessible to even the lowest beings, while the lowered hand shows that Amitābha's compassion is directed at the lowest beings, who cannot save themselves.

This is a unique painting made outlined in gold.

Material: 24k gold

Size: 15cm x 30cm

In Vajrayana Buddhism, Amitābha is known for his longevity attribute, magnetising red fire element, the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep awareness of emptiness of phenomena. He is said to possess infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakāra.

Following the Pure Land sects, A monk named Dharmakara made a number of vows. People recite his name at the time of death with the expectations of being in the place that is known for extreme delight, this was his 18th vow. After accomplishing his vows, Dharmakara reigned as the buddha Amitabha in the Western Paradise, called Sukhavati, the Pure Land.

Amitayus is one of the five knowledge of Buddha and is the place where there is extreme rapture, in which all creatures appreciate unbounded joy.