Japanese Amida Buddha Statue on a Custom Base. Japan. Medieval Kamakura Style, late 19th century reproduction.Amitabha, the Buddha of great compassion, mercy and forgiveness, stands at the heart of the great East Asian salvation religion of Mahayana Buddhism. Faith alone in the Lord of the Western Paradise, it is believed, will guarantee rebirth in a paradise of beauty, pleasure and ease. The right hand raised in reassurance (abhaya) and left hand lowered in liberality (varada) - lotus pedals marking the laksanas on the palms - are the two mudras associated with the belief in raigo, a central tenet of the Pure Land religion. According to belief, the Dhyani Buddha himself appears at certain designated locations on earth to welcome the souls of the departed and escort them directly to the Western Paradise. Pre-Buddhist Chinese religions associated the west with autumn, death, metals and the color white, all of which are prominent in iconography of the Pure Land religion. The cult of Amitabha also reveals some of the crucial adaptations forced upon Buddhism as it expanded into China. The sheer negativism of Indian ideals - nirvana as the extinction of rebirth, for example - has always been incomprehensible in China where the religious goal has long been to extend life in this world, not extinguish it. Even rebirth in paradise was originally thought of as second best among the Chinese intellectuals. Hence the Pure Land school of Chinese Buddhism promises that dharani (incantation) praising Amitabha, repeated faithfully, will extend a persons life for 100 years until, when finally he does die, he will obtain rebirth in paradise (buddhaksetra) (WRN)
Bronze Each piece you see here is made individually by our master artisans. The craftsmanship involved creates slight variations in color, finish, size, and shape - a quality we consider to be an added touch of uniqueness. The remarkable detail of our bronze sculptures is due to meticulous and labor-intensive care by Thai craftsmen to produce these unique sculptures of exquisite detail and timeless durability. Buffing, polishing, and patinising give each piece its final green-grey verdigris or bronze luster, which conveys the essence of what we at Eastern Serenity admire in South-East Asian art.