Buddha Amitabha, lord of the Western Paradise, tilts forward on his lotus

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Buddha Amitabha, lord of the Western Paradise, tilts forward on his lotus

Buddha Amitabha, lord of the Western Paradise, tilts forward on his lotus

Buddha Amitabha, lord of the Western Paradise, tilts forward on his lotus blossom pedestal. He is descending to greet deceased beings before carrying them to his heavenly realm. This sculpture once stood among several divine forms designed to assure believers that, at death, they would be whisked off to a beneficial rebirth, merely one lifetime away from enlightenment. See it in one of our refreshed galleries of Japanese Buddhist art when we reopen October 14.
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