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Amitabha Buddha "The Buddha of infinite Light" is a cosmic Buddha who resides in the Pure Land of the Western Heaven where all beings enjoy unbounded happiness. Amitabha Buddha is the most popular Buddha in Japan (known there as Amida) and China (known there as Amitofu). According to Mahayana Buddhist Sutras he was a king in a remote period of time. Renouncing his kingdom, he became a monk and was named Dharmakara (Treasury of Dharma). After observing the misery of all sentient beings, and moved by compassion he made 48 vows in which he promised not to attain enlightenment until he established the Pure Land where all could be liberated from their sufferings. He practiced for many eons until he accomplished all his vows. Amitabha is a Sanscrit word, literally meaning boundless light and boundless life. Here Buddha is represented meditation posture with the hands together in Samadhi mudra.