Amitabha is the most ancient Buddha among the Dhyani Buddhas. Buddha Amitabha is shown seated in samadhi mudra. The whole of the right hand is cradled by the left with a heart shaped alms bowl held in his two palms. Here the hand gesture, representing meditative equipoise, represents the unity of wisdom and compassion. His symbolic syllable is HRIH. H, is the sound of breath, the symbol of all life. R, is the sound of fire. I, is the intensity of vibration which stands for the highest spiritual activity. His red colour bears the meaning that compassion is enamored of all living beings. The colour of love (raga) is red in the Buddhist tradition.
Through his knowledge of discriminative wisdom, a Bodhisattva understands the empty nature of all sentient beings and develops great compassion for them. This is the dhyana or meditation of Buddha Amitabha. Buddha Amitabha is the head of the Padma, or Lotus family.
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