This Amitabha statue is depicted in a brilliant red robe. Additionally, he is featured using the Dhyana mudra with the alms bowl resting on his right palm. The Dhyana mudra is also known as the meditation mudra. This venerable mudra is used by Buddhists in order to enhance meditation. Proper hand placement requires the right hand to be placed on top of the left hand with palms facing upwards and resting in the lap.
Although the alms bowl is not required for the Dhyana mudra, it is a common feature included with our Amitabha statues. The alms bowl is very significant in Buddhism. This is because it is used by monks to collect alms in their village. Symbolically, the alms bowl holds the 3 nectars which will eliminate the 3 poisons – ignorance, hatred and attachment. The only way to accumulate the symbolic 3 nectars is through Buddhist meditation.
The Origins of our Amitabha Statue
Amitabha Buddha statue portrays a very venerable figure who existed for many thousands of years as a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara. As a result of Dharmakara’s immense dedication to Buddhist virtues, he accumulated an infinite amount of merit. Initially, the Bodhisattva Dharmakara had made a vow to forgo accepting Buddhahood until he could have his own pure land. Eventually after an infinite number of Bodhisattva lifetimes he now has his pure land named Sukhavati. Click here to learn about the many Bodhisattva lifetimes of Amitabha Buddha.
Amitabha has since evolved to become the central figure in Pure Land Buddhism. As such, his pure land of Sukhavati is the most sought after of all the pure lands. In order to enter Sukhavati all that devotees are required to do is to say the name of Amitabha or recite his mantra. As a result, repeating the mantra in front of the Amitabha statue may ensure that a devotee will be well received in Amitabha’s pure land.
“Om Amitabha Hrih”