More than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, as a result of the work by a revered Japanese Buddhist monk, Reverend Koji Oshima, who is a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher. During Maharishi’s many tours of Asian countries, he often visited monasteries and spoke personally to many Buddhist leaders. Young students practicing the TM technique as part of their daily routine at a Buddhist monastery in ThailandReverend Oshima said the younger monks are especially inspired by Maharishi’s integration of modern and ancient knowledge. Reverend Oshima has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Maharishi University for the significant contributions he has made to society by promoting the experience of Nirvana—the spiritual foundation for the achievement of the goals of Buddhism. The Transcendental Meditation technique is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.
Amitabha (his name means infinite radiance) is an archetypal Buddha who is supremely important in far eastern Buddhism. Amitabha is one of the so-called Dhyani-Buddhas, a set of five non-historical, symbolic figures who are arranged in a mandala.
Amitabha is dressed as a monk, with his hands in the mudra (hand gesture) of dhyana (meditation). Even in the earliest days of Buddhism Shakyamuni was seen as just the latest (and not the last) in a lineage of Buddhas. The essence of visualization practice, however, is that you visualize the figure in front of and above you, you chant the mantra, and you receive blessings flowing from the figure in the form of light that radiates from the Buddha to you.
I recently had a friend who does the Medicine Buddha practice chant the mantra for me and I plan to add something about that Buddha on the site.
Thank you for your response, well, I’ve been going through some books I have, you all provide useful guidance in the English language and I have attended sessions in the Twin Cities where really I did not know what was going on at times but I thank them for their gracious kindness for letting me attend. I have been reciting the Tibetan version (above) with faith and love, and it didn’t seem to do any harm. I am amazed that Tibetans can keep a straight face when they listen to our pronunciation of transliterations of Tibetan. Thank you also for your helpful comments about the relationship between Amitayus and Amitabha.
On another tack, the weirdest variations in pronunciation I have heard occur in the Medicine Buddha’s mantra. Anyway, I just don’t know whether, in the parts of the Buddhist world where Amitayus and Amitabha are regarded as being the same figure, the mantras are used interchangeably. The Medicine Buddha mantra (and the figure himself) is one I know very little about, for some reason. It’s a very long mantra, and in the Western Buddhist Order (in which I practice) people who do the Bhaisajyaguru visualization use a shorter version of the mantra. You’re correct in thinking that Amitabha is the head of the Lotus family that includes Shakyamuni. Hari om…great site to discover so thanks…do you know the meaning of the words in the long mantra of Amitayus?


A few years back I felt an affection for Padmasambhava when I first ran across his story as recounted by R.A. Please note that I have made an amendment to my re-creation of the Sanskrit Amitayus mantra. And let me say, I appreciate the rest of the site too, it seems to blend just the right amount of rationalism and spiritualism. So does that mean om amitabha hrih is the origin spelling of the mantra???amideva is just simply the way Tibetan pronounced amitabha. Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the simplicity, effortlessness, and profound experience of transcendence, which is gained almost immediately after starting the TM practice. One prominent monk in Sri Lanka, who is now the leader, or “Shan Kara,” of one of the three streams of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, has been instrumental in encouraging monks throughout the country to take TM instruction from Reverend Oshima. Through Reverend Oshima’s travels and teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique he has helped enliven the knowledge and direct experience of Absolute Being in the lives of thousands of Buddhist monks—an influence that helps heighten the peace, happiness and sustainable progress of these monasteries and the world around them. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition. He represents love and compassion, and he is pictured as being the rich, warm color of the setting sun.
The other Buddhas in this set are Vairocana (center), Akshobhya (East), Ratnasambhava (South), and Amoghasiddhi (North). The dhyana mudra is how one traditionally arranges one’s hands during Buddhist meditation, all those pictures of yoga practitioners with their hands on their knees notwithstanding. This family includes some of the most famous Buddhas and bodhisattvas, including Avalokiteshvara, Padmasambhava, White Tara, and the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. In Indian folklore it is said that the peacock’s brilliant colors come from the poison of the snakes they eat.
You should concentrate your thoughts upon and visualize that Buddha-land which is the result of pure actions. A Pure Land is what we might think of as a parallel dimension or alternative universe which has been constructed by the infinite merit of a Buddha in his eons of practice.
So there was always more than one Buddha, although the past ones seemed to be seen as gone and out of reach, while Maitreya, the coming Buddha was prayed to.
One figure simply isn’t enough to represent all the different qualities of Enlightenment, and so you end up with a variety of Buddhas. That’s not the same as the visualization practice of course, but that’s not my aim!
But further search on the Internet shows that there are numerous versions of the Amitabha mantra. For myself, I tend to take the view that we should at least make an effort to pronounce mantras reasonably correctly, but that we shouldn’t become paranoid about it. I believe that a Buddha can manifest infinite forms, and so maybe Amitayus is a Bodhisattva form of Amitabha (the same continuum)? There’s a Wikipedia article that shows the Sanskrit mantra, and you can compare that with the various Tibetan manglings!


Pure Land Buddhism was my very first real encounter with Buddhism, I was lent a book by a friend about it and I found it wonderful.
This hand position is very balanced and subtle; the thumbs lightly touch, neither pushing together nor falling apart. In some traditions Amitabha and Amitayus are seen as being essentially the same being, while in other traditions they are distinct.
These poisons are transmuted into beauty, and likewise Amitabha’s practice turns the poison of greed into love. I shall now give you detailed instructions so that you and future generations who desire to practice the pure actions may attain birth in the Western Realm of Ultimate Bliss.
Amitabha is portrayed as a monk, wearing robes, while Amitayus is in Bodhisattva form, that is looking like a young prince with long hair and jewelry.
But there are various ancient Tibetan stories about ignorant people (like myself) doing things somewhat wrongly, but with faith, and reaching a desired goal. As mentioned in previous posts on this site I joined a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the beginning of 2010 but now I seem to be more and more drawn to Zen.
I’d been told that Amideva was Sanskrit, rather than a Tibetan pronunciation of Sanskrit. Oshima adds that transcendence provides the natural basis for the monk’s subsequent prayers and practices. The connection between greed and love may not be immediately obvious, but one only has to think of the contrast between lust (desiring another person in order to gratify our appetites) and true love (valuing the uniqueness and the potential of another as a person in their own right) to appreciate the symbolism.
This was a teaching given to Queen Vaidehi, who had been imprisoned by her evil son, Ajatasatru.
And then again, the pronunciation of Sanskrit has undoubtedly changed over the millennia, so perhaps no one pronounces mantras exactly the way they used to be pronounced in the early days.
Unfortunately some of the parts he skates over don’t (to my untrained eye) look like proper Sanskrit. I just love the beautiful simplicity of Zen, the more I read about it the more I want to do it. You’re born, full grown, in a lotus, and the teaching of the prevailing Buddha is everywhere.
But then why shouldn’t the view of Shakyamuni simply change so that he’s seen as being a source of present comfort and inspiration?
I’m joining a Zen group in the New Year to further explore my Buddhist journey and to find which Buddhist school suits my nature the best.



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