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. 90745)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Uncertain
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Tibet House, New York
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Aparimitayurjñana

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amitayus Buddha (Tibetan: tse pag me, English: the Buddha of Immeasurable Life).

Sambhogakaya in form, youthful, red in colour and gazing forward he places the two hands in the lap in the mudra (gesture) of meditation supporting a long life vase. Adorned with a crown of gold and jewels, red ribbons, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The shoulders are draped with a green scarf and the lower body wrapped in silks of various colours. With the legs folded in vajra posture, right over left, atop a moon disc and pink lotus blossom above a peacock supported throne, he is surrounded by a blue-orange nimbus and a dark green aureola.

Arranged in rows and alternating are the two main forms of the bodhisattva Tara. Green Tara is dark in colour, with the right hand extended in the mudra of generosity and the left at the heart holds the stem of a lotus flower blossoming at the left ear. The right leg is pendant and the left drawn up. White Tara is fair in complexion, with the hands performing the same gestures. The legs are folded in vajra posture. (See Vairochana from the same series).

Jeff Watt 2-2000

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Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha (Aparimitāyurjñāna, 无量寿佛, སངས་རྒྱས་ཚེ་དཔག་མེད།)
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