Visualization is contemplating on the image of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva as instructed by Buddhist scriptures. With our purpose of cultivating compassion, we suggest the visualization of Amitabha Buddha.

The instructions for this type of visualization are descriptively given in the Sutra of Contemplation on the Buddha of Infinite Life. In addition to Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, the embodiment of compassion, is also aamong the objects of visualization. Altogether, there are sixteen methods of visualization from the simple visualization of the setting sun to the complicated visualization of Amitabha Buddha. The compassionate aspects of Amitabha Buddha are further given in the Sukhavativyuha Sutra.

Visualization of the Buddha will bring a one pointedness of mind like other methods of Buddhist meditative cultivations. This highly concentrated mind called Buddhasmrti samadhi. As a result, this type of visualization can be used in combining with the practice of Recitation as well as in Zen practice.

Practitioner are free to use an image of Amitabha Buddha or of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of their choice. In order to enhance your visualizations, a few images of the Buddha and Bodhisattva related to the practices are offered. Take them as Buddhist gifts from our PalmBeachMahabodhi site and use them in visualization if you like.


Amitabha Buddha in greeting practitioners. (Pastel painting, 1991, by Minh Quang)

The Compassionate Amitabha Buddha

The Buddha, Gaya Museum, 2003, by Minh Quang.


Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Patna Museum, India.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Java.

Quan Am, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, a marble statue.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, the Thousand-Arm-and-Thousand-Eye One.