Our gold gilded Amitabha Buddha statue is also known as the Buddha of “infinite light”. Additionally, Amitabha Buddha is a central figure in Pure Land Buddhism. As a result, he is one of the Dhyani Buddhas and he has a pure land called Sukhavati.
Although the other Dhyani Buddhas also have pure lands, Amitabha’s enjoys the most prestige among Pure Land devotees. It is believed that to enter Sukhavati you only need to repeat his name 10 times or recite the mantra. This is a result of Amitabha’s infinite merit and compassion.
Our Amitabha Buddha statue is depicted in the full lotus pose expressing the Dhyana mudra. The mudra is shown with the right hand resting on the palm of the left hand. Additionally, both hands are resting in the Buddha’s lap. The Dhyana mudra is also known as the meditation mudra. As a result, it is strongly associated with meditative contemplation. This type of high level absorption meditation will eliminate the defilements.
The alms bowl is very symbolic and it is seen resting on top of his right palm. The alms bowl is a metaphor for the rejection of the material world. As a result, devotees who practice meditation diligently will accumulate the 3 nectars. These three nectars will eliminate ignorance, hatred and attachment. It is believed that Amitabha’s alms bowl is filled with these 3 nectars. Click here to learn more about Amitabha Buddha.
In ancient India, Hindu royalty wore the topknot as a sign of their wealth and status. Therefore, it is almost always depicted in Shakyamuni statues. However, due to the strong influence of the founder of Buddhism, it is also commonly depicted on other bodhisattva and Buddha statues. As a result, you will find the Ushnisha on the head of this Amitabha Buddha statue.
Urna (Third Eye)
The small spiral engraved between the brows is known as the Urna. This symbol indicates that the statue depicts someone who has vast amounts of insight knowledge. As a result, Amitabha is able to see into a divine world that is invisible to unenlightened sentient life. This type of knowledge is only obtainable by practicing meditation. It cannot be learned in school or from books, only dedicated practice.