Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Amitayus Buddha, Standing

Amitayus Iconography

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Nirmanakaya Form
- Sambhogakaya Form
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

"...in the sky is a red thousand petalled lotus, in the middle a full moon disc. Above that is the Bhagavan Lord of Immeasurable Life and Pristine Awareness, with a radiant body, ruby-like in colour, red and radiant. A youth sixteen years of age, smiling and peaceful, with a pleasant face. At the heart, between the two hands clasped together, is held a vaidurya alms bowl filled with immortal nectar. Standing in a manner with the two feet together. The hair of the head is heaped with half of the black locks in the manner of a tuft tied on the crown. The remaining tresses extend [downward] between the heels of the feet; with various silks as a lower garment, red silks as an upper garment and lavishly adorned, surrounded by the root and lineage teachers and a host of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, dwelling as if real." (Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, 1502-1566. Based on the writings of Rongton and further attributed to a teaching lineage originating with Padmasambhava).

Jeff Watt [updated 1-2018]