(mngon par dga' ba)
|Glossary of Buddhism|
Abhirati (lit. "The Joyous") is the eastern pure land associated with Akshobhya in Mahayana Buddhism. It is described in the Ak?obhyatath?gatasyavy?ha S?tra (Taish? Tripi?aka, 313), which was first translated into Chinese by Lokak?ema by 186 CE.
Although Abhirati emerged in the earliest era of Mahayana thought, Abhirati is far less widely known than Sukh?vat?, the pure land of Amit?bha that has been the sole focus of Pure Land Buddhism since the Tang dynasty.