Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Amitayus Buddha - Amitayus

སངས་རྒྱས་ཚེ་དཔག་མེད། - སངས་རྒྱས་ཚེ་དཔག་མེད། 无量寿佛 - 无量寿佛 Immeasurable Life
(item no. 57083)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Aparimitayurjñana

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amitayus Buddha: In the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhism a buddha is described as having three bodies: a form body (nirmanakaya), an apparitional body (sambhogakaya) and an ultimate truth body (dharmakaya). Amitayus is in the apparitional body. The ultimate truth body is without appearance and does not appear in painting or sculptural art.

At the center is Amitayus, red in colour, peaceful in appearance having the general shape of a buddha figure but attired in the garb, crown and ornaments of a bodhisattva, or heavenly figure. He holds a golden long life vase in the palms of the two hands placed in the lap. The legs are folded together in vajra posture with the right leg placed over the left.

At the top center is Amitayus Buddha in Sambogakaya appearance accompanied at the sides by eight heavenly offering goddesses. At the bottom left is White Tara and on the right is Green Tara. At the bottom center are the symbolic offerings of the five enjoyments.

Jeff Watt 2-2011

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Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha (Aparimitāyurjñāna, 无量寿佛, སངས་རྒྱས་ཚེ་དཔག་མེད།)
Painting Style: Qianlong Period Painting Style
Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha, 无量寿佛, སངས་རྒྱས་ཚེ་དཔག་མེད། (Masterworks)
Painting Style: Chengde (China)