A Buddhist Sunday – Amitābha

Last week I wrote about the Shamar Rinpoche who is seen as an emanation of Amitābha (or Öpame – ‘od dpag med in Tibetan), the Buddha of Limitless light.
He is the transformation of desire into analytical wisdom.

He is easily recognisable by his ruby red colour.

Amithābha (skt:अमिताभ tib:od dpag med) behind the prayer wheels

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He is one of the most popular Buddhas of East-Asian Buddhism, inspiring many branches of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese of Pure Land Buddhism

Amitābha Buddha at the Singapore Buddhist Lodge

This form of Buddhism focuses on the rebirth in Amitābha’s powerfield or Pure Land, Sukhāvatī (or Dewachen – bde ba can in Tibetan), which is thought to be a safe stopover on the path to enlightenment where beings can develop without falling back into samsāra.

This Pure Land is described in the foundational Pure Land sūtras, in particular the Sukhāvatīvyūha Sūtra.

Here I took a picture based on an older Chinese relief taken in Fo Guang Shan (Singapore).

Fo Guang Shan (Singapore) Pure Land Relief

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