Meditation & Health #11-Ancient Thangka Three Buddhas of Longevity


 

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Ancient Thangka Three Buddhas of Longevity

 

          Amitayus, White Tara, and Ushnishvijava are the three deities associated with longevity and the fulfillment of earthly desires. Amitayus, centered, is also known as the Buddha of Infinite Light. He sits on a lotus seat in a full lotus position with a mudra of dhyana and holds a vase of life-prolonging nectar. Amitayus is surrounded by dakinis (flying goddesses), who are responsible for the four kinds of enlightened activities: pacifying fear and suffering, increasing blessings and wisdom, supporting spiritual development and destroying all bad karma and obstructions. White Tara (left) and Ushnishvijava (right) are goddesses of long life, good fortune and wisdom.

          The three Buddha deities enshrined together symbolize longevity, blessings and auspiciousness. Chanting the mantra of the three Buddhas – Om amarani jivan tiye svaha – can eradicate diseases, increase lifespan, blessings and wisdom, defend against accidents or sudden death, dispel bad karma and achieve eternal life or passage to the Pure Land.

 

 

Meditation & Health No 11 - Table of Contents