Amitayus – Flera Birmane
Amitayus, the Buddha of Eternal Life is an emanation of Amitabha. Amitabha is the form body and the second, Amitayus, is the apparitional body. The ultimate truth body is without appearance and does not appear in painting or sculptural art.
Amitayus, is seated on a double lotus set on raised throne; he is crowned and wears the ornaments of the bodhisattva. He sits in a meditation posture with a vase (kalasha) in his hands, which contains the elixir of immortality (amrita) and leaves of the Ashoka tree. It symbolizes “a long life without the misery (shoka) of disease. His body is shining like a jewel because of his role as the Buddha who seeks to remove ignorance and allow people to reach true human potential. The achievement of pure happiness is the principle role of Amitayus Buddha.
Above Amitayus’s head a crouching Garuda devours two snakes as he sits against a burgeoning fruit tree. Amitayus is flanked by eight bodhisatvas who are associated with the fulfillment of earthly boons and often form a mandala around a central deity. Seated just below the center of Amitayus’s throne is Shadakshari Lokeshvara; at either side of the peacock vehicles is protector: to the left, a ferocious red deity, to the right, Achala(blue). Many Buddhists have found the popular tradition of commissioning images of Amitayus not only for themselves but for others. Their intention is that the result of creating these pictures will gain merit and would ensure a long life for themselves and others.
MEDIUM: stone pigments, on cotton real gold is used as a paint
SIZE: 53- 38cm (original and prints available)