Amitabha Buddha is red in color and he is seated in a meditative posture ; hence his mudra is called ‘ dhyanamudra’ . His two palms are joined together with the right on the left , two thumbs of both hands touching each other . An Alms bowl is between his two palms . Here the hand gesture , representing meditative equipoise , represents the unity of wisdom and compassion .
Through his knowledge of discriminate wisdom , a bodhisattva understands the empty nature of all sentient beings and develops great compassion for them . This is the dhyana or meditation of Buddha Amitabha .
His color is red , symbolizing the fires of desire . When a Boddhisattva understands the discriminative wisdom of Amitabha Buddha he can use even the fires of desire on the path to Enlightenment . His symbol is lotus , representing purity . Though he himself is untainted by the evils of samsara , he nevertheless takes birth in samsara for the benefit of the sentient beings .