Buddha Amitabha is the principal Buddha in the Pure Land sect, a branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in East Asia. In Vajrayana, He is known for His longevity attribute and the aggregate of distinguishing and the deep awareness of individualities.

He is a Buddha within one’s self-nature. His world also appears in one’s mind. Basically, everything is a reflection and cannot be separated from one’s true nature. “Amitabha” is translatable as “Infinite Light,” thus He is usual called “The Buddha of Infinite Light.”

According to Mahayana scriptures, Amitabha Buddha possesses infinite merits resulting from positive actions over countless past lives as a Bodhisattva named Dharmakara.

He has perfected great compassion, kindness, joy, and renunciation. Having attained wisdom and blessings, His unselfish wish is to lead all living beings to attain them. Buddha Amitabha has vowed that all living beings who recite His name will realize Buddhahood.

His most important enlightenment technique is the visualization of the surrounding world as a paradise. Who sees His world as a paradise, awakens his true enlightenment energy.

Moreover, Amitabha Buddha has 48 great vows to establish and adorn his Pure Land. Individuals also recite or call upon His name by the time of dying and will be born in the Land of Ultimate Bliss with the reception by Buddha Amitabha.

Namo Amituofo meaning:   

Namo Amituofo sounds like a greeting and you may have heard it numerous times. This phrase is a common salutation among Buddhists of all traditions, particularly by the Pure Land.

Benefits

Chanting this mantra will calm the mind due to the purifying effects of the recitation itself. In addition, it is said that each time you say, with a concentrated mind, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” (or “Namo Amituofo”)  you will dissolve the negative karma of many lives.

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Additionally, through Amitabha Buddha profound practices, our deluded passion, grasping, anger, and attachment are transmuted into the clear-sighted warmth of true loving compassion. The ego’s selfish demands yield to our deepening commitment to others’ enlightenment and well-being. Also, when you recite (with sincere intentions) the Buddha’s name, you emit a light which frightens all weird creatures and strange ghosts away. So, the merit and virtue of holding the Buddha’s name are extraordinary.

Making the effort, every day, to practice this mantra as much as possible by following the four right efforts helps us to develop the 6th fold of the eightfold path. However you use it, may this Buddhist mantra bless you and your loved ones.