the sacred Buddhist texts of China, the Sutra of Buddha of
Infinite Life relates Amitabha Buddha.
On a certain occasion,
Sakyamuni Buddha (the Buddha of our present age) was on Vulture
Peak, surrounded by his disciples. Ananda, the Buddha's personal
attendant, noticed the radiant beauty of the Buddha and inquired
what was the Buddha's joy.
the following story: In an infinite time in the past, Bhiksu
Dharmakara observed the misery of all sentient beings, and
moved by compassion, he vowed to establish a pure and perfect
land where all could be liberated from their suffering. He
then made forty-eight Vows in which he promised to establish
this land or else he would not attain enlightenment.
The Sutra declares
the Bhiksu Dhamakara practiced for many eons until he accomplished
all his vows. Since he has achieved his aims, he is considered
to be the Buddha of that land-The Buddha Of Infinite Light