Amida Buddha, 2012

Acrylic on paper

49.5 x 38.5 inches (sheet)

046

This work is based on an image of the 43.8 foot tall, 13th century bronze Amida Buddha sculpture located in the Japanese town of Kamakura. Amida is the Japanese term for Amitabha, one of the five Dhyani Buddhas. Amida/Amitabha, the Buddha of the West, was very popular in Japan, and depictions of him abound, especially in the context of Pure Land Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism, where the faithful would repeat his mantra in order to be reborn in his Pure Land paradise called Sukhavati.

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