Amitabha Buddha


Amitabha Buddha also known as Meditating Buddha is the "Buddha of Light". Amitabha Buddha is the epitome of serenity and wisdom. According to the Tantric Buddhism, Amitabha Buddha is one of the five Dhayani Buddhas. The Pure land Sect is devoted to Amitabha Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism. Along with his two chief companions, Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva, they are known as Three Holy Ones of the West. The vows and deeds of Amitabha Buddha have been described by Shakyamuni Buddha in the Amitabha Buddha Sutra. According to Shakyamuni Buddha the Pure Land ruled by Amitabha Buddha is endowed with abundance of wealth and treasures. This land also called the Western Paradise of Ultimate Bliss can be accessed only by those individuals who give up insalubrious actions and recite his name or the phrase, "I seek refuge in Amitabha Buddha" with a clear and composed mind without being distracted by anything for seven days

It is believed that Amitabha Buddha would appear and grant access to the Pure Land only to those who succeeded at the end of their life. The school of Buddhism taught by Amitabha Buddha is chiefly based on pure conviction and principles and is widely known as the Lotus School of Buddhism, a wing under Mahayana School of Buddhism practiced mostly in China. The popularity of the Lotus School of Buddhism is mainly because of its simple requirements to attain salvation. Amitabha Buddha is known in Japan as Amida Nyorai.

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