On Sunday, Jun. 25, 2023, 3:00 PM, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over an Amitayus Homa Ceremony, and discourse Vimalakirti Sutra, and bestow empowerment for Amitayus Buddha Uncommon Practice. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLl20r-KQlapX_5fT-N3cOw)
【Amitayus Mudra :】 Meditation Mudra
Open both palms facing upward and place the right palm on top of the left palm with the tips of the thumbs touching. (Place the mudra below the navel)
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【Amitayus Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】
Amitayus (Longevity Buddha) has one head and two arms. His body is red, his hair is in a topknot, and he wears a Five-buddha Crown. He is clothed in a long, silk skirt with a celestial garment as the upper layer. His body is adorned with precious jewels. He displays all the magnificence of a buddha's blissful body. His hands form the Meditation Mudra, and there is a Longevity Treasure Vase atop the mudra. He sits on a lotus moon disc with legs crossed in the vajra position.
【Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Discourse - Amitayus Background and the Unique Benefits of the Amitayus Practice】
Amitayus, also called Western Longevity Buddha, is transformed from Amitabha. He carries a longevity treasure vase as his emblem. If one drinks 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, enrichment, 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 rebirth in the pure buddha land. The tremendous brilliant red light of Amitayus is deep and profound. This illuminating light can increase one's wisdom and good fortune, remove the karma of illness, increase Love and respect, harmonize family relationships, remove all disasters and difficulties, and drive away all enemies.
Amitayus is the foremost principal deity for deliverance because the light of Amitayus is able to deliver all netherworld beings to rebirth in the pure land.
The Infinite Life Sutra states, ''The formidable divine light of the Infinite Life Buddha is supreme among buddhas.''
It is written in the Buddhist sutras that, 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 worldly 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 most significant feature of Amitayus, is able to bless sentient beings and deliver them to the pure land. It can also perform purification, cure disease, lengthen lifespan, and strengthen health, along with many other incredible functions. For this reason, Amitayus is also called 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 Infinite 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 by one's body or by one's actions outdoors including driving. One can avoid accidents if one is able to be protected by one's dharma protector at all times, or by wearing the protective amulet of one's dharma protector, personal deity, or guru.
When one attains spiritual union, one's personal deity will naturally accompany one and this will protect one from accidents. This is important. One must cultivate to where one's dharma protector, personal deity, and guru are always by one's side. Once one achieves this level, one's body and mind will be peaceful.
One who desires to be healthy must learn Amitayus dharma. Actually, Amitayus teaches us not to deceive others, not to compete with others because competition always harms the losing side, and not to insult others because the one insulted gets hurt. One must not kill living beings. One's heart must be full of compassion. One must be merciful, compassionate, and kindhearted.
When one is thoughtful toward others, one is a bodhisattva. In this way, one naturally attains a long life. If one kills living beings, is insulting, competitive, or deceiving, one's body and mind will not be at peace. How will one have a long life? This is the essential teaching of Amitayus, the Longevity Buddha!
Amitayus (Longevity Buddha) Sadhana
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