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Glorious Sukhavati Realm Of Buddha Amitabha
Painting - Cotton Canvas, Poster Colors, Acrylic, Emulsion, 24k Gold
Tibetan Sacred Art
Rare 24K Thangka of Glorious Sukhavati Realm of Buddha Amitabha
Through his efforts, Amitabha created the "Pure Land" called Sukhavati (Sanskrit: "possessing happiness", Tib. Dewachen). Sukhavati is situated in the uttermost west, beyond the bounds of our own world. By the power of his vows, Amit�a has made it possible for all who call upon him to be reborn into this land, there to undergo instruction by him in the dharma and ultimately become bodhisattvas and buddhas in their turn (the ultimate goal of Mahayana Buddhism). From there, these same bodhisattvas and buddhas return to our world to help yet more people.
Amitabha is the Buddha of the comprehensive love. He lives in the west (represented as a meditating Buddha) and works for the enlightenment of all beings (represented as a blessing Buddha). His most important enlightenment technique is the visualization of the surrounding world as a paradise. Who sees his world as a paradise, awakens his enlightenment energy. The world can be seen as a paradise by a corresponding positive thought (enlightenment thought) or by sending light to all beings (wish all beings to be happy). After the Amitabha doctrine, one can come to paradise (in the Pure Land of Amitabha), if he visualizes at his death Amitabha in the heaven (sun) over his head (western horizon), thinks his name as a mantra and leaves the body as a soul through the crown chakra.
Amitabha (Tib. O-pa-me) is known in Tibet, Mongolia, and other regions where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. In the Highest Yoga Tantra class of the Tibetan Vajrayana Amitabha is considered one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas (together with Aksobhya, Amoghasiddhi, Ratnasambhava, and Vairocana), who is associated with the western direction and the skandha of samjna, the aggregate of distinguishing (recognition) and the deep awareness of individualities.
His two main disciples (just as the Buddha Shakyamuni had two) are the Bodhisattvas Vajrapani and Avalokiteshvara, the former to his left and the latter to his right.
The Tibetan Panchen Lamas and Shamarpas are considered to be emanations of Amitabha.
He is frequently invoked in Tibet either as Buddha Amitabha - especially in the Phowa practices or as Amitayus - especially in practices relating to longevity and preventing an untimely death.
This is the copy of one famous thangka, perfect in each and every detail.
September 1st, 2011
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