Amida Buddha
Buddhism in Japan
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Seated in meditation on a lotus pedestal with his hands in the mudra of contemplation, he represents the Buddha Amida, Lord of the Western Paradise or Pure Land.

Amida promises salvation to all who sincerely believe in him.  His gaze, directed benevolently downward as if welcoming the devotee into his paradise, symbolized his boundless compassion for humankind.

The inscription on the Buddha names him as the deity Amida Nyorai.  It says the statue of Muryƍju (The Buddha of Immeasurable Life) was donated by Fujiwara Yoshinaka, a councilor of state, to honor his master, the late Tsunemochi.  A wish is also included for his master to more quickly reach enlightenment.

The Amida Buddha was cast by Master Takewaki of Kanda, Edo (now Chiyoda, Tokyo).  The size of the statue is given, using the traditional Japanese measurements, as 3 shaku and 8 sun.  It was dedicated on the 24th day of the 2nd month, 1680.

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