Amitabha, the red Buddha of ‘Boundless Light’, sits on his peacock throne at the centre of his western paradise of Sukhavati, the ‘Blissful Realm’. Sukhavati is believed to be the only Pure Land that can be attained by those who are still progressing on the path to enlightenment, and devotees who attain to this realm are spontaneously reborn inside lotus flowers in the androgynous or ‘sexless’ forms of monks with golden bodies. Many of these monks can be seen in this painting being born from lotuses and sacred pools, flying miraculously through the sky, sitting upon rainbows, or mingling with the gods. In the beautiful landscape below Amitabha is the paradise of red Amitayus, the long-life deity of ‘Boundless Life’. On either side of Amitabha sit four of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas, along with a vast assembly of Arhats, Bodhisattvas and disciples, with many gods that play musical instruments and hold various banners appearing behind. Above Amitabha’s throne ascends the jeweled trunk of a great wish-granting tree, which bears countless auspicious objects that include: flowers, fruit, medicinal leaves, jewels, snow-lions, silk valances, garments, parasols, and many different kinds of banners and hanging offerings.