Embracing Spirituality: Your KOL•Jesse Lyew


【Embracing Spirituality: Your KOL – Mr. Jesse Lyew, Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum】

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According to Buddhist texts of the Pure Land tradition, if a devotee practises the Pure Land way by constantly reciting the epithet of Amitābha Buddha with great devotion, on his deathbed Amitābha accompanied by Avalokiteśvara, Mahāsthāmaprāpta and other Bodhisattvas riding on clouds will come to guide him to take rebirth in the Buddhist paradise.

While it is believed in Chinese Buddhism that in most cases the deceased will be greeted by the Holy Triad of the West or Avalokiteśvara and Mahāsthāmaprāpta, Japanese Buddhists of the Heian era (794-1185 CE) believed that when a devotee was dying, Amitābha joined by 25 Bodhisattvas would come to guide him to take rebirth in the Western Pure Land. Paintings or statuary portraying “Raigō of Amitābha and 25 Bodhisattvas” or Raigō Bodhisattvas thus emerged. These are subjects unique to Japanese Buddhist art.

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