True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Amitayus (Longevity Buddha)
3:00pm Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017, Dharma King Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu of the True Buddha School will preside over an Amitayus Homa Ceremony at Rainbow Temple followed by the empowerment of Amitayus Uncommon Practice and the teaching of the Lamdre.' (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLl20r-KQlapX_5fT-N3cOw )
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【Amitayus Mudra :】 Meditation Mudra
Open both palms horizontally facing up and place the right palm on top of the left with the tips of the thumbs touching. (Place the palms below the navel)
【Amitayus Seed Syllable :】
Seh (red in color)
【Amitayus Mantra :】
【Amitayus Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
Red Amitayus (''Longevity Buddha'') has one head and two arms. He wears a Five-Buddha crown with his hair in a topknot and a long, silky skirt with a celestial garment as the upper layer. His body is embellished with precious jewels. He displays all the magnificence of a Buddha's blissful body. His hands form the Meditation Mudra and in his palms he holds a Longevity Treasure Vase. He sits on a lotus moon disc with legs crossed in the vajra position.
Amitayus, also called Western Longevity Buddha, is transformed from Amitabha. He carries a longevity treasure vase as his emblem. If one can drink the nectar from the longevity treasure vase one will be healthy and have a long life.
Amitayus is surrounded by Dakinis of the four karmic actions, calamity eradication, enhancement, harmonization, and subjugation. Together they collect the great essences of the five major elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and emptiness, as well as attracting longevity, wisdom, good fortune and merit.
Amitayus helps one avoid disasters and can deliver spirits to be reborn in the pure buddha land. The tremendous radiant bright red light of Amitayus is deep and profound. This illuminating light can increase one's wisdom and fortune, remove the karma of illness, increase respect and love, harmonize family relationships, remove all disasters and difficulties, and turn away all enemies.
Amitayus is the best principal deity for deliverance because the light of Amitayus is able to deliver all netherworld beings to rebirth in the pure land. Infinite Life Sutra says, ''The formidable divine light of the Infinite Life Buddha is supreme among buddhas.''
As written in the Buddhist sutras, by chanting the ''Amitayus'' mantra one increases one's lifespan, acquires good fortune and wisdom, avoids untimely or accidental death, removes all negative karma, and accomplishes non-death or is reborn the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. By practicing ''Amitayus'' one can prevent illness, attain prosperity and longevity, enhance virtuous affinities, eradicate bad influences, and lengthen one's time for worldly bodhi undertakings.
The most significant feature of Amitayus is the nectar bottle he holds. His mudra is the traditional meditation mudra except that it does not form a circle. The right hand is atop the left hand while the tips of his thumbs are touching. His mantra is ''Om, ah-ma-re-ni, zu- wen-di-ye, so-ha'' and his body is red. Amitabha, who is also called the Longevity Buddha, is the origin of Amitayus. Now that we have the image, mudra, and mantra of Amitayus, we have the Amitayus Sadhana.
The nectar bottle, the primary symbol of Amitayus, can be used to bless and deliver sentient beings. It can also purify sentient beings, treat their illnesses, lengthen their lifespan, enhance their health, and perform many other incredible functions. For this reason Amitayus is also called Amritaraja, King of Nectar Tathagata. Amitabha is another name for Amitayus. He is also called Infinite Life Buddha, Infinite Light Buddha, and Great Light Buddha. They are all one and the same deity.
Buddhists greet each other by saying ''Amitabha'' whereas Taoist practitioners or seniors greet each other by saying ''Amitayus.'' Actually, the two deities are one and the same. Amitabha is the buddha of infinite life and boundless light.
Amitayus, Ushnishavijaya, and White Tara are all emanation bodies of great compassion. They bring good health, peace and prosperity. Together they are called the Three Longevity Buddhas or Three Longevity Deities.
Today's discourse on Amitayus is of great importance. How does one attain a long life? By avoiding accidents caused either by one's own body or by one's actions outdoors including driving. One can therefore avoid accidents if one is able to be protected by one's dharma protector at all time, or by wearing the protective amulet of one's dharma protector, personal deity, or guru.
If one attains spiritual union with one's personal deity, the personal deity will naturally accompany one and protect one from involvement in any accidents. This is something of great importance. One purpose of cultivation is to reach the level where the dharma protector, personal deity, and guru are by one's side. Once one achieves this, one will be safe and tranquil in body and mind.
If one wants to be healthy, one must understand how to cultivate Amitayus. The teaching of Amitayus is really just this: do not deceive others; stop being competitive because in a competition losing side will be hurt; don't insult others because the one insulted gets hurt. One must not kill sentient beings because one's heart must be full of kindness. One must be extremely kindhearted, extremely merciful and benevolent.
When one is thoughtful and considerate regarding others, one is a bodhisattva. In this way one naturally attains a long life. If one has a mind to kill sentient beings, insults others, is competitive, or deceives others, one's body and mind will not be at peace. Then, how can one have a long life? This is the essential teaching of Amitayus!
Amitayus (Longevity Buddha) Sadhana
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