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This old Thangka shows Buddha Amitayus in front of a snowy landscape amidst 108 other of his manifestations.
Amitayus [Tib.: Ce-dpag-med], Buddha of Boundless Life, is closely associated with the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha. As heads of the Padma Buddha family, they are spiritual sources from which emanate the compassionate Buddhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Tara.
Amitayus seated in vajrasana on a lotus rising freom the primordial waters, both hands resting on his lap in contemplation gesture [dhyâna mudra] supporting the kalasha, whearing dhoti, cap, bejewelled, his face displaying a serene expression with downcast eyes, flaming mandorla behind and surrounded by 108 of smaller emanations.
He sits in the diamond posture, with both hands flat in the contemplation gesture [dhyâna mudra], holding a vase of elixir of immortaly with a stylized "tree of life" on top of it.
Amitayus resides in Sukhavati, the Western Paradise, where those who invoke the blessings of Amitabha can be reborn. Rebirth in Sukhavati, where conditions are perfect for attaining enlightment, is earned through merit and faith.
In contrast to the uncrowned Amitabha he wears the fivefold Buddha crown. Both are helding the contemplation gesture. His light red colour sets him apart from Amitabha, whose red colour is darker.
|Measurements:||27.2 x 17.7 " | 69 x 45 cm|
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