Buddha of Boundless Light. One of the Five Buddha Families
or dhyana buddhas. He presides over the pure realm of Sukhavati (dewachen
) and is lord of the Lotus family. Rebirth in his pure land guarantees complete enlightenment in one lifetime.
As a nirmanakaya Buddha he wears simple monk robes. His hands hold a begging bowl and are in dhyana mudra, His body color is red.
Amitabha sits on a throne with a lotus and full moon disc, which is upheld by eight peacocks. The peacocks symbolize enchanting beauty, for which we ordinarily develop passion and attachment. The aggregate associated with attachmant/passion is the aggregate of perception. The wisdom realized through transforming is discriminating wisdom.
The lotus with its smooth pedals symbolizes that hte practice of amitabha soothes the mind of the practitioner. And secondly, a lotus grows in muddy waters and the lotus itself is untouched, unstainted by the mud, so through the practice we free ourselves from the causes of pain and suffering of the swap-like samsara.
Tibetan: 'od dpag med / snang ba mtha' yas