Meaning of Amitabha Buddha Thangka

Thangka painting depicting Amitabha Buddha is also known as 'The Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life'. Amitabha was a king who renounced his throne to become a monk. According to Mahayana scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara. Buddha Amitabha now reigns over 'Sukhavati', the western paradise, also known as the 'Pure Land'.

Amitabha is a symbol of comprehensive love, longevity and wisdom. He has red skin and is dressed in monk's robes sitting in a lotus position. His hands are folded in a meditation mudra holding a bowl containing the nectar of immortality.