Our Amitabha Buddha statue looks very serene while he sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Additionally, he holds the alms bowl of a monastic in the palm of his right hand. Inside the bowl the three nectars can be found which will eliminate ill will, greed and ignorance. His hands are depicting the Dhyana “meditation” mudra. The ushnisha topknot, third eye of wisdom and elongated ears are also notable attributes of his Buddha status.
For thousands of lifetimes Amitabha existed in samsara as the Bodhisattva Dharmakara. As a result, he obtained an infinite amount of merit and he has acquired his own pure land. Amitabha’s pure land is called Sukhavati. Additionally, he welcomes all of his devotees to join him there and they will receive nurturing and protection. As such, they will never fall back into the vicissitudes of samsara. They will also receive mentoring from Amitabha and his retinue of Bodhisattvas until they can achieve full enlightenment. Click here to learn more about the pure land of Amitabha Buddha.
This Amitabha Buddha statue is associated with Aparmita who is also known as “Amitayus”. The word Amitayus means “infinite life” in Sanskrit and he represents the longevity attribute of Amitabha Buddha. Additionally, the word Amitabha translates as “infinite light” in English. Therefore, our Amitabha Buddha statue is also known as the Buddha of “Immeasurable Light and Life”. The infinite life is symbolic of his longevity attribute and light represents his infinite merit.