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Amitabha is a classic short piece of fiction that is set in the first century during the height of the Buddhist movement in India. Author Carus uses the story as a foundation to impart Buddhist principles of God, non-violence and religious tolerance. Carus, the proprietor of Open Court Press, was a prolific author on Buddhism, Taoism, philosophy, and other spiritual topics.
The plot gives ample opportunity in discussion and incident to explain and illustrate some of the cardinal points of Buddhism, especially in regard to the way of salvation and the God-conception represented by Amitabha Buddha, the Source of Infinite Light and the Standard of Being, as distinct from the Brahman idea of a conscious personal deity.