Welcoming Descent of Amida Buddha

Welcoming Descent of Amida Buddha

1300-33

Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk

Image: 171.8 x 84.5 cm (67 5/8 x 33 1/4 in.); Overall: 269.1 x 113.3 cm (105 15/16 x 44 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1953.123

Description

In the Pure Land school of Buddhism, Amida Buddha is the focus of worship. Pictured here is the raigō, or the moment when Amida descends with his retinue to welcome a dying person into his Pure Land, called the Western Paradise. Once there, a person can concentrate on becoming enlightened. Images like this one could be placed before a person on their deathbed to help them stay faithful and motivated to attain birth in the Pure Land.

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