Amitabha Statue of “Infinite Light”
Our Amitabha statue is a depiction of one of the most unique and highly venerated Buddhas. As a result, of countless lifetimes as a bodhisattva, Amitabha has accumulated an infinite amount of merit. Therefore, he is known as the “Buddha of infinite light”.
Pure Land Buddhists teach that Amitabha has a pure land of sonorous and visual bliss. The name of his pure land is Sukhavati and it lies in the west. Amitabha had vowed to forgo becoming a Buddha until he could have his own pure land. Additionally, he will admit anyone who says his name or recites his mantra. Indeed, Amitabha was one of the most compassionate of all the bodhisattvas.
Amitabha Statue Features
Notable features of our Amitabha statue include the Ushnisha topknot. The Ushnisha is a symbol worn by royalty in ancient India and it is a common feature of both Buddha and bodhisattva statues. Additionally, the statue features the third eye of wisdom between the brows. This indicates that Amitabha has accumulated insight wisdom and he can see into a blissful world. Insight can only be accumulated by the extensive practice of meditation. As a result, it is not the same as book learning.
Furthermore, our Amitabha statue sits on a double lotus pedestal in full lotus pose. He holds his alms bowl and his hands are depicting the Dhyana mudra of meditation.
Hand Made Amitabha Statue
Our Amitabha statue was hand crafted by world class artisans in Patan, Nepal. The artisans of Patan have been practicing the lost wax sculpting method for many centuries. As a result, our Amitabha statues display an intricate detail that is not seen with other sculpting methods. Additional hand carved elements of the statue include the finely detailed engravings on the robe and back of the pedestal. This is a tribute to the world class craftsmen of Patan Nepal.