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Buddhist Deity: Amitabha Religious Context

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Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Religious Context
- Mahayana Buddhism
--- Sukhavati Pureland
--- Buddha/Buddha Appearance
--- Buddhas, Who Are They? (Outline)
- Vajrayana Buddhism
--- Five Symbolic Buddhas
--- Tantric Buddhas (Outline)
- Confusions: Amitayus Buddha
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Video: Amitabha Buddha

There are two main forms of Amitabha:
- Buddha Appearance Amitabha (Nirmanakaya)
- Peaceful Appearance Amitabha (Sambhogakaya)

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Jeff Watt 10-2008 [9-2011, 1-2020]

Source Texts:

Toh 115. The Display of the Pure Land of Sukhāvatī. Sukhāvatī­vyūha, ’phags pa bde ba can gyi bkod pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo. 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

Toh 677/864. The Incantation of Amitābha. སྣང་མཐའི་གཟུངས་སྔགས། · snang mtha'i gzungs sngags.
amitābhadhāraṇīmantra.

Toh 678/867. Calling Amitābha to Mind. སྣང་མཐའ་རྗེས་སུ་དྲན་པ། · snang mtha' rjes su dran pa.

Toh 679/851. The Dhāraṇī Praising the Qualities of the Immeasurable One. ཡོན་ཏན་བསྔགས་པ་དཔག་ཏུ་མེད་པའི་གཟུངས། · yon tan bsngags pa dpag tu med pa’i gzungs. Aparimita­guṇānuśāṁsa­dhāraṇī.

Toh 680/889. Essence of Sukhāvatī. བདེ་ལྡན་གྱི་སྙིང་པོ། · bde ldan gyi snying po.

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