To reach a high level of realization and a deep understanding of the Buddhist teachings, one needs a long and healthy life. Since the next rebirth could be one in another realm keeping one from meeting the Dharma, it is important to take the chance one has with this life, meeting with the teachings in a human body.
Amitayus, the Buddha of Limitless Life, is an emanation of the Buddha of Limitless Light, embodying a long life and health. His hands in meditation posture hold a vase with long life nectar with a flowering Ashoka branch. Meditating on him enables one to realize the immortality of mind.
We would like to thank H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche from the depth of our heart for coming to the EC for the first time, for the precious teachings and empowerments he granted us, as well as for all the inspiration and all the laughter! Please come back soon, Rinpoche-la!