Amitabha is extremely popular in Tibet since his special ability is to
prolong life. Many Buddhists commission images of him in both sculpture and
painting in order to gain merit and an assured long life.
The teachings and rituals associated with Amitabha Buddha originated very
early in India. According to some Tibetan scholars, Amitabaha was introduced
into Tibet by Padmasambhava in the eighth century.
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Lipton, Barbara, and Ragnubs, Nima Dorjee. Treasures of Tibetan Art:
Collection of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1996.
Rhie, Marylin M. & Thurman, Robert A.F. Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred
Art of Tibet. London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.
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