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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