Amitabha is of great importance in far-eastern Buddhism, where he is known as Amida. He also has a Bodhisattva form called Amitayus, which means “Infinite Life.” The Bodhisattva form is, unlike the monastic Buddha-form, arrayed as a young prince with long hair and adorned with jewelry and fine silks. In some traditions, Amitabha and Amitayus are seen as being essentially the same being, while in other traditions they are distinct.  He is the head of the Lotus (Padma) family. This family includes some of the most famous Buddhas and bodhisattvas, including Avalokiteshvara, Padmasambhava, White Tara, and the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni.

Oṃ AMIDEWA HRīḥ (The sounds of the mantra, which shake all the lower realms to their very depths, thus completely eliminating them. One thinks that ALL beings who have form, and also those who are formless (spirits and non-humans) attain the state of Amitabha).

  1. OM: the essence of the awakened body; o (Naro)=essence of awakened speech; m=essence of awakened mind.

  2. AMI: limitless light

  3. DEWA: deity Mantra means “Essence of Awakened Body, Speech & Mind, The Deity of Limitless Light”

  4. HRīḥ: a mind oriented toward devotion