Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha - Amitayus (Sambhogakaya)

སངས་རྒྱས་འོད་དཔག་མེད། 无量寿佛
(item no. 92040)
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Collection U. of Michigan Museum of Anthropology
Catalogue # #17490, Koelz Collection
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amitayus, Buddha (Tibetan: tse pag me. English: the Enlightened One of Immesurable Life) Lord of Limitless Life and Pristine Awareness, the Sambogakaya aspect (Enjoyment Body) of Buddha Amitabha.

Amitayus Tibetan: Tse pag me

Common to all traditions of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism Amitayus primarily belongs to the three lower Tantra classifications. In the Nyingma tradition he has both Kama (Oral) and Terma (Treasure) lineages of practice.

Rechungpa, the famous student of Milarepa, recieved a special practice tradition of Buddha Amitayus from Tipu Pandita while on a trip to India. Upon his return he passed the tradition on to Milarepa. At the top register observe that Rechungpa is seated on the right of Buddha Amitabha with Milarepa on the left.

Rechungpa Amitayus Lineage

Jeff Watt 8-2005

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Long-Life Deities
Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha (Sambhogakaya)
Collection of University of Michigan (Koelz Collection)
Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha (Rechung Tradition)
Tradition: Drugpa Kagyu Main Page