This statue of Amida Buddha is the central object of reverence in the altar of our temple.
The statue was carved by the famous Japanese sculptor Koei Eri. It was displayed in Japan and Europe before it was installed in the temple.
The figure stands on a dais in the shape of a lotus blossom. It leans slightly forward, representing the dynamic nature of Wisdom-Compassion.
The mudra (hand gesture) signifies tranquility and protection. The thumb and index fingers of both hands are joined to form the circle of perfection (that is, the perfect and eternal Dharma of the Buddha). The right hand is raised to shoulder level with the palm facing outward, symbolizing wisdom. The left hand hangs down with the palm facing outward, symbolizing compassion.
The spot slightly above and between the eyes is one of the 32 physical marks of a Buddha and is symbolic of the third or spiritual eye. The protuberance on the top of the head is another of the 32 marks and symbolizes Spiritual Wisdom.
Behind the head is an intricately carved disk with a lotus flower motif. The spokes represent rays of light.
Who is Amida Buddha?
Amida Buddha (in Sanskrit: Amitabha) is the Buddha of Immeasurable Light. This buddha is described in the central texts of Pure Land Buddhism: the Larger Sukhavati-vyuha Sutra, the Smaller Sukhavati-vyuha Sutra, and the Meditation Sutra.
The central story tells of the Bodhisattva Dharmakara, who became Amida Buddha, and his vow to delay his own ultimate enlightenment until all sentient beings have achieved enlightenment.
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