Amitabha, Buddhism, of unmeasured splendor, is the fourth dhyanibuddha, or meditation buddha; worshipped from around 500 BC to present. He is one of five mystic spiritual counterparts of the human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism; a product of Adibuddha who represents the branch of the cosmos concerned with consciousness. He originates from the blue mantra HRIH and lives in the western paradise Sukhavati. His Shakti is Pandra, and he is usually accompanied by two peacocks. Red is his color, and his attributes are a lock of hair, lotus, monk’s robe, and water jar. Amitabha is also taken as a tutelary god in Lamaism (Tibet) and attributes the bell, jewel, and three monkish robes. He has many emanations. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, pp. 13-14