Medicine Buddha Today

West, Red Wisdom

Red FlowerRed—Appreciating Our World

This wisdom is associated with the color red, the season of spring, the direction West, and the element of Fire. The Buddha that represents all these in human-like form is known as Amitabha, a title that means Limitless Light. He is sitting in lotus posture with his hands in a gesture of appreciation, palms up, right on left. The wisdom he is portraying is called Discriminating Awareness, suggesting that having made contact, and holding all things as valuable in some way, we can appreciate the fine details of the world as it unfolds before us. When we do our practice, we appreciate all there is.

For more, see pages 144, 148 and 160-162 of GBTW