Deities › Amitāyus
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Buddha of Infinite Life, foremost guide for beings in this world,
Your glory overcomes all untimely death,
You are a refuge for those of us who suffer without protection—
To you, Buddha Amitāyus, I pay homage!
Texts related to Amitāyus (tshe dpag med), the Buddha of Boundless Life:
- The Bestowal of Supreme Immortality: A Prayer to the Lineage of Mitrayogin’s White and Red Amitāyus by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A prayer to the lineage of Mitrayogin's Amitāyus practice, part of the Heart-Essence of the Mahāsiddha Mitra (grub chen mi tra'i snying thig) cycle, revealed as a pure vision by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- Conqueror of Māra, Lord of Death: In Praise of the Immortal Protector Amitāyus by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
Trulshik Rinpoche compiled these brief verses of praise and mantras so that all those connected with him could recite them daily or on special occasions. The deities included are Buddha Śākyamuni, Vajrasattva, Amitāyus, Amitābha, Ratnaśikhin, Medicine Buddha, Maitreya, Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī, Vajravidāraṇa, Vijayā, Tārā, Guru Padmasambhava, and the union of Hayagrīva, Vajrapāṇi and Garuḍa.
- The Sublime Path to Immortality: The Quintessence of Profoundly Secret Pith Instructions on Attaining Vajra Longevity by Dudjom Rinpoche
- Words of Advice on Accomplishing Immortality: An Extremely Concise Daily Practice Uniting the Short Lineages of Amitāyus and Hayagrīva by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This concise instruction for accomplishing longevity (tshe sgrub) is said to be an abridgement of Thangtong Gyalpo's (1361–1485?) original sādhana. According to the colophon, Khyentse Wangpo composed the practice in a meditation cave used by Thangtong Gyalpo himself.
This short longevity practice involves the visualization of concentrated elixir, which flows from the long-life vase in Amitāyus's lap into the crown of one's head, filling one's body and restoring vitality. Mipham Rinpoche wrote the text in 1892, and it is also included (with some additions) among the writings of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
The Aparimitāyurjñāna-nāma mahāyāna-sūtra ('phags pa tshe dang ye shes dpag tu med pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo, Toh 674 & 849) is said to bring extraordinary merit and longevity when written out, read aloud, copied, or venerated with offerings.
A short 'means of recitation' (bklag thabs), providing additional prayers and practices to be chanted before and after the root text of the Sūtra of Boundless Life and Wisdom (tshe dang ye shes dpag tu med pa’i mdo).