Saturday, May 29, 2004

Amidism

Sect of Mahayana Buddhism centring on worship of Amida (in Japanese; Sanskrit Amitabha; Chinese O-mi-t'o-fo), Buddha (Buddha of Infinite Light), whose merits can be transferred to a believer. Amidism holds that the faithful - by believing in Amida, hearing or saying his name, or desiring to share in his Western Paradise - can be reborn in the Pure Land (see Pure Land Buddhism). Originating

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