Our Amitabha Buddha statue represents a highly venerated Buddha in both Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism. Amitabha Buddha spent thousands of lifetimes as a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara before he accepted his enlightened status. This is because he wished to have his own pure land. As a result, he first accumulated an infinite amount of merit. Finally, he fulfilled his vows and was granted his own pure land called Sukhavati. As a result, all devotees are welcome to join him there. To gain admission they only need to say his name or recite the Amitabha mantra 10 times. Once admitted, devotees will never be allowed to fall back into the vicissitudes of samsara. Additionally, they will be given mentoring from Amitabha and his retinue of Bodhisattvas until they become enlightened beings.
This Amitabha Buddha statue sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. His hands are flat in his lap depicting the Dhyana “meditation” mudra. Additionally, the traditional alms bowl of a Buddhist monk sits in the palm of his right hand. However, this alms bowl holds the three nectars that will cure the three poisons of greed, hatred and ignorance.
This Amitabha Buddha statue is depicted with the elongated ears, three neck lines, third eye of wisdom, ushnisha top knot and right turning hair coils. These are all markings of a Buddha and also indicate high social status in ancient India. Click here to learn more about the history of Amitabha Buddha statues.