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Amitabha, 20 Definition(s)

AKA: Amida, Amitayus, Amitopo, Opame, Amitābha

'Amitabha' belongs in these categories: Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Pali

20 DEFINITION(S):

Amitabha is the most commonly used name for the Buddha of Infinite Light and Infinite Life. A transhistorical Buddha venerated by all Mahayana schools (Tien Tai, Esoteric, Zen ...) and, particularly, Pure Land. Presides over the Western Pure Land (Land of Ultimate Bliss), where anyone can be reborn through utterly sincere recitation of His name, particularly at the time of death. Amitabha Buddha at the highest or noumenon level represents the True Mind, the Self Nature common to the Buddhas and sentient beings - all encompassing and all inclusive. This deeper understanding provides the rationale for the harmonization of Zen and Pure Land, two of the most popular schools of Mahayana Buddhism. See also "Buddha Reatation," "Mind," "Pure Land."
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"infinite light". Celestial buddha who, while a bodhisattva, vowed to lead all beings to the Pure Land. Amida is the focus of devotion in Pure Land Buddhism and one of several revered buddhas of the Mahayana tradition.
Added: 31.Aug.2008 | Source: Religion Facts: Glossary of Buddhism
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Sanskrit word, literally means boundless light and boundless life. He is the Buddha in the Land of Ultimate Bliss (Pure Land), in which all beings enjoy unbounded happiness. Amitabha has forty eight great vows to establish and adorn his Pure Land. People also recite or call upon his name by the time of dying will be born in the Land of Ultimate Bliss with the reception by Amitabha. Amitabha is one of the most popular and well known Buddha in China.
Added: 27.Sep.2008 | Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary
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Buddha having unlimited light. Amitayus Buddha having unlimited life.
Added: 27.Sep.2008 | Source: GCSE: A Glossary of Buddhist Terms
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AMITABHA (Skt., "Infinite Light"= Tib. Opame) Buddha described in Mahayana sutras and held to dwell in a celestial paradise in the West. See BUDDHA.
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The Buddha of Infinite Light. Creator of the Pure Land or Western Paradise, a place where beings can strive toward enlightenment free from the pain and suffering associated with life on earth. Chinese: A mi to po ("ah mee TOH poh"); Sanskrit: Amitabha ("ah mee TAH bah").
Added: 04.Oct.2008 | Source: The Art of Asia: Buddhism Glossary
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Amitabha (Chinese: A mi to po; Japanese: Amida), Budda of "Infinite Light" or "Infinite Life," is one of the five transcendental Buddhas. He is believed to reside over Western Paradise where souls of his followers strive for enlightenment.
Added: 04.Oct.2008 | Source: The Art of Asia: Who is Who in Heaven
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Amitabha, The Gentle and Lovable Buddha (Tib. Opame): One of The Five Meditating Buddhas Amitabha is undoubtedly the most well known and popular of the five Dhyani Buddhas. He is red in color. In Tibetan Buddhism, red is the color of love, compassion, and emotional energy. His direction is the west. It is in this direction that sunset takes place and indeed he is envisioned as the setting sun (red). During sunset, the sun is gentle, and we can directly look into its fierce power, without coming to any harm. As it disappears into the west, the sun is like a proud and fierce king, who at the end of a hard day of rigid protocol turns gentle and jovial, and allows anyone to approach him. Amitabha is thus the supreme power and energy of nature, cast on an earthly plain, accessible to all of us. No wonder he is the most popular of all Dhyani Buddhas. His unique emblem is the lotus. He is thus associated with all the attributes of the lotus: gentleness, openness, and purity. Amitabha s mount is the peacock, which is capable of swallowing poisonous snakes without coming to harm. In fact, the peacock is believed to derive its rich plumage from the poison of the snakes on which it feeds. This symbolism, of being open even to poison, and transmuting it into beauty, gives us a feeling of the purifying and transforming power of Amitabha. For us ordinary mortals, it signifies that even our darkest and most venomous aspects can be transformed by meditating on his image. Amitabha s image has both a simplicity and archetypal quality to it. His demeanor is totally relaxed and his hands are in the Dhyana mudra, the mudra of meditation. According to tradition, this mudra derives from the one assumed by the Buddha when he was meditating under the pipal tree, in the pursuit of Nirvana. In conformity with his hand mudra, the essential message of Amitabha is that of meditation. His association with the setting sun suggests the withdrawal of our external sense perceptions inwards, into higher states of meditative concentration. Elevating ourselves to such a spiritual level has the ultimate objective of uniting us with that intangible Universal Consciousness which pervades all tangible reality. Amitabha thus provides us with the archetypal infinite wisdom that helps us transmute the negative trait of obsessive attachment into a discerning awareness that we are all made up of the same primitive substratum. So contemplating, we are able to realize that the object we crave for is not separate from us, and already as much a part of ourselves as we are of it.
Added: 05.Oct.2008 | Source: Kheper: The Five Meditating Buddhas
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The manifestation of the aggregate of discrimination of all Buddhas. He has a red coloured body.
Added: 23.Nov.2008 | Source: Kadampa: Glossary of Buddhist Terms
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A Buddha who increases our lifespan, merit, and wisdom. He is the Enjoyment Body aspect of Buddha Amitabha.
Added: 23.Nov.2008 | Source: Kadampa: Glossary of Buddhist Terms
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Amitabha is the most commonly used name for the Buddha of Infinite Light and Infinite Life. A transhistorical Buddha venerated by all Mahayana schools (Tien Tai, Esoteric, Zen ...) and, particularly, Pure Land. Presides over the Western Pure Land (Land of Ultimate Bliss), where anyone can be reborn through utterly sincere recitation of His name, particularly at the time of death. Amitabha Buddha at the highest or noumenon level represents the True Mind, the Self Nature common to the Buddhas and sentient beings -- all encompassing and all inclusive. This deeper understanding provides the rationale for the harmonization of Zen and Pure Land, two of the most popular schools of Mahayana Buddhism. See also "Buddha Reatation," "Mind," "Pure Land."
Added: 23.Nov.2008 | Source: Guoxue: Buddhism Glossary
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Amitabha is a celestial buddha described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Amitabha is the principal buddha in the Pure Land sect, a branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in East Asia. According to these scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara. "Amitabha" is translatable as "Infinite Light," hence Amitabha is often called "The Buddha of Infinite Light."

Added: 27.Mar.2009 | Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism
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He is the Buddha of Unlimited Light and rules over the Western paradise of Sukhavati. Legends say that a monk wished to attain Buddha hood and for this purpose he made 48 vows. This monk, after a number of lifetime practice, became Buddha Amitabha. He is generally regarded either an object of meditation or embodiment of passion.

Added: 11.Apr.2009 | Source: Buddhism Tourism: Glossary of Buddhist Terms
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1. Amita - One of the two chief women disciples of Padumuttara Buddha (Bu.xi.25; J.i.37; SA.ii.68; DA.ii.489).

2. Amita - One of the two daughters of Sihahanu (the other being Pamita) and therefore a sister of Suddhodana, the Buddhas father.

She married Suppabuddha the Sakiyan and had two children, Bhaddakaccana and Devadatta.

She was a grand daughter of Devadaha Sakka (Mhv.ii.16-22; see Rockhill, p.13, where her son is called Kalyanavardhana).

She is the paternal aunt of the Buddha, referred to as being the mother of Tissa Thera (v.l. Amata). ThagA.i.105; MA.i.289.

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A king of twenty five kappas ago; a previous birth of Aggapupphiya Thera (v.l. Amitobhava, Amitogata). Ap.i.229.

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A king of twenty five kappas ago; a previous birth of Ekasannaka Thera. Ap.i.210.

Added: 11.Apr.2009 | Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Sanskrit; Amida (Japanese); one of the major buddhas of Mayahana school; he created a Pure Land free from suffering in which one can attain rebirth by calling out his name.

Added: 30.Aug.2009 | Source: Mokurai's Temple: A Buddhist Glossary
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mythical Buddha of the Pure Land.

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West,  red,  padma (lotus) family, passion and discriminating awareness, governs the present age.

One of the 5 Transcendent Buddhas;

Amitabha is the transcendent Buddha of the Western “Pure Land.”  Amitabha rules over this period of time.

Added: 19.Dec.2010 | Source: Wisdom Library: Indian Philosophy
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Amitābha (also Amita), Skt. (Jap., Amida), lit., “Boundless Light”; one of the most impor­tant and popular buddhas of the Mahāyāna, unknown in early Buddhism. He is ruler of the western paradise Sukhāvati, which is not to be understood as a location but as a state of consciousness. Amitābha is at the center of the worship of the Pure Land school of Chinese and Japanese Bud­dhism. He symbolizes mercy and wisdom.

Added: 23.Jul.2011 | Source: Shambala Publications: General
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amita : (adj.) boundless; immeasurable.

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amitābha : (adj.) of boundless lustre.

Added: 03.Aug.2014 | Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Amitābha,(adj.) (a + mita (pp. of ) + ā + bhā) of boundless or immeasurable splendour Sdhp.255. (Page 74)

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