Amitayus represents the longevity attribute of the celestial Buddha, Amitabha. Our Amitayus statue sits in the full lotus position depicting the meditation mudra. Additionally, this Amitayus statue has been given an antiquated finish using an oxidized copper alloy.
Amitabha Buddha draws wide attention due to his realm Sukhavati which is a feature of Pure Land Buddhism. Although there are several other Buddhas who have their own “pure lands” Sukhavati is by far the most widely recognized by devotees.
Use Amitayus Statues for Longevity Rituals
Amitayus statues are an important component in longevity rituals which are performed in the hopes of prolonging life. During the rituals a replica of his ambrosia vase is filled with wine. After the wine is consecrated it is given to devotees who partake of it. Additionally, there are pills which are symbolically recreated from buttered dough and they are also consumed with the wine in hopes of receiving longevity.
Origins of Amitayus Statues
The origin of all Amitayus statues is Amitabha Buddha, in fact they can be considered one in the same. Amitayus is Amitabha but in different form. The venerable Amitabha began his journey into Buddhism as a prince who renounced his kingdom to pursue life as an ascetic. As a result, he had a similar experience to Shakyamuni Buddha who also renounced his kingdom for the same reason.
Amitabha then became the bodhisattva Dharmakara who accumulated infinite merit during his countless bodhisattva lifetimes. In fact, the name Amitabha actually means “infinite light”. Click here to learn more about Amitabha Buddha.