(Skt. Amitayus or Amitabha) The Buddha worshipped by Nembutsu, or Pure Land believers. He is said to abide in the Pure Land of Perfect Bliss in the western part of the universe. He appreared in the Sutra of the Buddha of Infinite Life and made 48 false vows.
mythical Buddha of the Pure Land.
(Japanese; Sanskrit Amitabha; "infinite light"). Celestial buddha who, while a bodhisattva, vowed to lead all beings to the Pure Land. Amida is the focus of devotion in Pure Land Buddhism and one of several revered buddhas of the Mahayana tradition.