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Amitayus Buddha

The Buddha of Infinite Life

Amitayus also known as Amitābha or Amida Buddha is the celestial Buddha of Infinite Light, and resides in the heavenly abode of Sukhavati, also known as the Western Pure Land.

Adored throughout eastern Asia, devotees of Amitabha, Amitayus or Amida (as known in Japan), recite mantra, meditate and pray to awaken these Buddha qualities within themselves.

As the Buddha of Infinite Life and Infinite Light, Amitayus has special popularity amongst Buddhist practitioners due to the infinite benefits that can be received from expanding consciousness, the immediate result being inner peace and joy.

"Amitābha is known for his longevity attribute, magnetising red fire element, the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep awareness of emptiness of phenomena.

According to these scriptures, Amitābha possesses infinite merit resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakāra. Amitābha means "Infinite Light", and Amitāyus means "Infinite Life" so Amitābha is also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life". ~ Wiki

In the sutras, Buddha Shakyamuni, at the request of Manjushri explained that before enlightenment Amitabha or Amitayus had made 12 great vows to benefit and help sentient beings. Thus Amitayus functions as the Buddha of Increase, not just for long life, but also in all things beneficial to our lives.

Outwardly, his practice grants us an abundance of necessities, good health, helpful friends, good family and good living conditions. Inwardly, we attain a greater understanding of Dharma, by practising Dharmic principals within the Three scopes. And Secretly, we reduce the habituations of a self cherishing, grasping mind.

Thus, Amitayus helps us to dispel the darkness of Ignorance and to attain Wisdom and Compassion, which is represented in this icon by the father-mother union. Amitayus usually holds a long-life vase filled with the nectar of immortality, the elixir of eternal life. It is a very significant and auspicious practice for Dharma students to offer Amitayus to their Lamas, as a request for the Lamas to live long and to spread the doctrine of the Buddha to the world.

His spiritual energy in the form of sound that helps to transform the mind (Mantra):
Short mantra:
OM AMARANI JIVAN TIYE SVAHA

Long Mantra:
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE APARAMITA AYU JNYANA SUVINISHCITA TEJO RAJAYA,TATHA GATAYA ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA TADY ATHA
OM PUNYE, PUNYE MAHA PUNYE APARAMITA PUNYE APARAMITA PUNYE JNYANA SAMBHARAUPACITE
OM SARVA SAMSKARA PARI SHUDDHA DHARMATE GAGANA SAMUDGATE SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE MAHANAYA PARIVARE SVAHA.

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