Our Nepali Amitabha statue is a depiction of the “Buddha of infinite light”. Amitabha Buddha acquired this honorific title after accumulating an infinite amount of merit. As a bodhisattva named Dharmakara, Amitabha vowed to forego supreme enlightenment until he could have his own pure land. Eventually, over many lifetimes the vow was fulfilled.
The pure land of Amitabha Buddha is called Sukhavati. Additionally, it is the most sought after pure land of sonorous and visual bliss. Entry into his pure land is contingent on devotees simply reciting his name or his mantra, 10 times. Afterwards, devotees are protected from suffering and will also receive guidance in becoming fully enlightened beings.
Nepali Amitabha Statue Features
Amitabha sits in the double lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Additionally, he holds the traditional alms bowl of a monastic. This alms bowl is believed by devotees to hold the nectars to cure all suffering. Typically, we are never referring to pharmaceutical medicine when we speak of Buddhist cures. From this perspective, karmic effect is both the cure and the cause of all mundane suffering and bliss. Therefore, devotees are taught to prevent bad results with good actions. Click here to learn more about Amitabha Buddha.