Amitabha Buddha mantra long version:
NAMO RATNA TRA YAYA / OM NAMO BHAGAVATE
APARIMITA AYUR JÑANA / SUPINISH CHITATAYE / JORA JAYA
TATHAGATAYA / ARHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / TADYATHA
OM PUNYE PUNYE / MAHA PUNYE / APARIMITA PUNYE / AYU
PUNYE / MAHA PUNYE / AYUR JÑANA / SARVA RUPA SIDDHI
AYUR JÑANA / KE CHE BHRUM / OM BHRUM / AH BHRUM / SVA
BHRUM / HA BHRUM / CHE BHRUM / OM SARVA SAMSKARA
PARISHUDDHA DHARMATE / GAGANA SAMUDGATE
SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE / MAHA NAYA PARIVARA YE SVAHA
Short version: OM AMI DEWA HRIH
Tibetan: OM AMI DEWA HRI
Amitabha is a celestial Buddha described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism.
He is the principal Buddha in the Pure Land sect, a branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in East Asia, while in Vajrayana Amitabha is known for his longevity attribute and the aggregate of distinguishing (recognition) and the deep awareness of individualities.
According to the scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara.
He is translatable as “Infinite Light”, hence Amitabha is often called “The Buddha of Infinite Light.”
The five heinous crimes that would exclude one from Amitabha’s Pureland Sukhavati are:
- Creating a schism within the Sangha;
- Shedding the blood of a Buddha;
- Killing a Bodhisattva or Arhat;
- Intentionally killing one’s own mother;
- Intentionally killing one’s own father.
Amitabha Buddha emanates ruby-red light. Red symbolizes love and compassion.
Like the setting sun, his radiant form warms and pacifies the hearts of all who gaze at him. As head of the Lotus family, he represents gentleness and openness. This reflects his boundless compassion and receptivity enabling one to feel accepted and protected.
His posture is one of composure and stillness. There is a serene smile of blissful wisdom on his face. He sits in the aspect of meditating, encouraging the viewer to follow the essential teaching of the Buddha, “to subdue one’s mind”.
Benefits Of Chanting Buddha Amitabha Mantra
Like in the 6 syllable Chenrezig mantra, the 6 syllable Amitabha mantra stands for the 6 paramitas, the antidote to the 6 afflictive emotions. The mantra has the nature of Bodhichitta.
The 6 Paramitas:
- The Perfection of Generosity (Dana Paramita)
- The Perfection of Ethics (Sila Paramita)
- The Perfection of Patience (Kshanti Paramita)
- The Perfection of Joyous Effort / Enthusiastic Perseverance (Virya Paramita)
- The Perfection of Concentration (Dhyana Paramita)
- The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajna Paramita)
By reciting this mantra, the 6 afflictive emotions are purified and the qualities of the 6 paramitas are accomplished. We increase our love and compassion and thereby destroy self-grasping.
Practitioners of the Pure Land Schools of Buddhism (found in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan) believe that reciting the holy name of Amida (Amitabha) Buddha with devotion will direct their consciousness into his pure land after death.
Note – the sound of reciting Buddha Amitabha mantra should be quiet and harmonious, graceful and noble if they are from practitioners who have a true, trustworthy, and pure mind.