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Namu Amida Butsu

namu amida butsu
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This is the modern Japanese version of "Namu Amida Butsu" or "The Compassionate Amitabha Buddha."

Some will translate this as, "I sincerely believe in Amitabha; Lord have mercy on me."

This phrase especially applies to Japanese Pure Land Buddhists.

There is a more universal version using ancient characters (with more strokes) for the 4th and last characters. That version is also used in Chinese, Korean, and occasionally Vietnamese. This is used to pay homage to Amitabha Buddha.


See Also:  Bodhisattva | Buddhism | Nirvana

Namo Amitabha Buddha

nā mó ē mí tuó fó
namu amida butsu
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This is how to express "The Compassionate Amitabha Buddha" (especially for the Pure Land Buddhist Sect).

Some will translate as, "Homage to Amitâbha Buddha" or "I seek refuge in the Amitâbha Buddha."

This is valid in Chinese characters Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Sometimes modern Japanese use a different version of the 4th and last Kanji but the version shown here is the most universal.

This is used to pay homage to Amitabha Buddha.


See Also:  Bodhisattva | Buddhism | Nirvana

Buddha / Buddhism

Hotoke
hotoke / butsu
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll

仏 is the single Japanese Kanji can mean Buddha or Buddhism.

This Kanji was actually a shorthand way to write 佛 (Buddha) in Chinese (popular around the 13th century). Somehow, this became the version of this Chinese character that was absorbed into Japanese, and thus became part of standard Kanji. Centuries later, this character is not recognized in Chinese at all (except by those from China with a background in Chinese literature or language).

仏 is also a rare or derivative Korean Hanja form - but I doubt you will find any Korean that knows that.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Namu Amida Butsu南無阿弥陀仏namu amida butsu
namuamidabutsu
Namo Amitabha Buddha南無阿彌陀佛
南无阿弥陀佛
namu amida butsu
namuamidabutsu
nā mó ē mí tuó fó
na1 mo2 e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
na mo e mi tuo fo
namoemituofo
na mo o mi t`o fo
namoomitofo
na mo o mi to fo
Buddha
Buddhism
仏 / 佛
hotoke / butsu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

阿弥陀佛

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 amidabutsu / あみだぶつ
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll
(person) Amida butsu

阿彌陀佛


阿弥陀佛

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ē mí tuó fó / e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
o mi t`o fo / o mi to fo
 Amida butsu
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll
Amitabha Buddha; the Buddha of the Western paradise; may the lord Buddha preserve us!; merciful Buddha!
Amitâbha Buddha

南無阿弥陀仏

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 namuamidabutsu / なむあみだぶつ
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll
(expression) {Buddh} Namu Amida Butsu; Hail Amitabha Buddha; Homage to Amida Buddha; prayer for rebirth in Sukhavati, the Pure Land of Amitabha

ブツ

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 butsu / ブツ (1) stock; products; (2) (kana only) (slang) stolen goods; loot; spoils

今佛

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jīn fó / jin1 fo2
chin fo
 kin butsu
present buddha

佛佛

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fó fó / fo2 fo2
fo fo
 butsu butsu
buddhas

佛器

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fó qì / fo2 qi4
fo ch`i / fo chi
 butsu ki
articles for worship

佛壽


佛寿

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fó shòu / fo2 shou4
fo shou
 butsu ju
Buddha's life, or age. While he only lived to eighty as a man, in his saṁbhogakāya he is without end, eternal; cf. Lotus Sutra, 壽量品, where Buddha is declared to be eternal; the Buddha's life span

佛所

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fó suǒ / fo2 suo3
fo so
 butsu sho
buddha-places

佛月

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fó yuè / fo2 yue4
fo yüeh
 butsu gatsu
The Buddha-moon, Buddha being mirrored in the human heart like the moon in pure water. Also a meaning similar to 佛日.

佛見


佛见

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fó jiàn / fo2 jian4
fo chien
 butsu ken
The correct views, or doctrines, of the Buddha; Buddha doctrines; buddha view

佛記


佛记

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fó jì / fo2 ji4
fo chi
 butsu ki
Buddha's prediction, his foretelling of the future of his disciples.

入佛

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rù fó / ru4 fo2
ju fo
 nyū butsu
The bringing in of an image of a Buddha; bringing in the buddha

十佛

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shí fó / shi2 fo2
shih fo
 ju būtsu
There are several, groups; that of the Huayan sūtra is Kāśyapa, Kanakamuni, Krakucchanda, Viśvabhū, Śikhin, Vipaśyi, Tiśya (or Puṣya), Tissa, ? Padma, and Dīpaṅkara. Another group is that of the Amitābha cult, one for each of the ten directions. There are other groups; ten buddhas

四佛

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sì fó / si4 fo2
ssu fo
 shi butsu
Four of the Five Dhyāni-Buddhas. i.e. the four regional Buddhas; they are variously stated. The 金光明經 gives E. 阿閦; S. 寳相; W. 無量壽; N. 微妙聲. The 大日經 gives E. 寳幢; S. 大勤勇遍覺華開敷; W. 仁勝 (i. e. 無量壽); N. 不動, i. e. 鼓音如來. The 金剛頂經 gives 不動; 寳生; 觀自在, and 不 空 成就如來. v. 五智如來; four buddhas

如佛

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rú fó / ru2 fo2
ju fo
 nyo butsu
buddha-like

崇佛

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chóng fó / chong2 fo2
ch`ung fo / chung fo
 sū butsu
worship the Buddha

有佛

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yǒu fó / you3 fo2
yu fo
 u butsu
there is a buddha.

石佛

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shí fó / shi2 fo2
shih fo
 seki butsu / いしぶつ
(surname) Ishibutsu
stone Buddha

ブーツ

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 buutsu / butsu / ブーツ boots

一切佛

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yī qiè fó / yi1 qie4 fo2
i ch`ieh fo / i chieh fo
 issai butsu
all buddhas

一日佛

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yī rì fó / yi1 ri4 fo2
i jih fo
 ichinichi butsu
A one-day Buddha, i.e. he who lives a whole day purely; a one-day Buddha

丈六佛

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zhàng liù fó / zhang4 liu4 fo2
chang liu fo
 jōroku butsu
sixteen-foot Buddha

三世佛

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sān shì fó / san1 shi4 fo2
san shih fo
 sanze butsu
The Buddhas of the past, present, and future, i.e. Kāsyapa, Śākyamuni, and Maitreya; buddhas of the three times

三千佛

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sān qiān fó / san1 qian1 fo2
san ch`ien fo / san chien fo
 sanzen butsu
idem 三世; three thousand buddha (worlds)

三尊佛

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sān zūn fó / san1 zun1 fo2
san tsun fo
 sanzon butsu
The three honoured Buddhas of the West: Amitābha, Avalokiteśvara, Mahāsthāmaprāpta. Though bodhisattvas, the two latter are called Buddhas when thus associated with Amitābha; three honored buddhas

三昧佛

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sān mèi fó / san1 mei4 fo2
san mei fo
 Zanmai Butsu
Samādhi Buddha, one of the ten Buddhas mentioned in the 華嚴經.

不作佛

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bù zuò fó / bu4 zuo4 fo2
pu tso fo
 fusa butsu
does not become a buddha

不動佛


不动佛

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bù dòng fó / bu4 dong4 fo2
pu tung fo
 Fudō Butsu
不動如來; 阿閦鞞 or 阿閦婆, Akṣobhya, one of the 五智如來 Five Wisdom, or Dhyāni-Buddhas, viz., Vairocana, Akṣobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitābha, and Amoghasiddhi. He is especially worshipped by the Shingon sect, as a disciple of Vairocana. As Amitābha is Buddha in the western heavens, so Akṣobhya is Buddha in the eastern heaven of Abhirati, the realm of joy, hence he is styled 善快 or 妙喜, also 無瞋恚 free from anger. His cult has existed since the Han dynasty, see the Akṣobhya-Tathāgatasya-vyūha. He is first mentioned in the prajnapāramitā sutra, then in the Lotus, where he is the first of the sixteen sons of Mahābhijñā-jñānabhibhu. His dhyāni-bodhisattva is Vajrapāṇi. His appearance is variously described, but he generally sits on a lotus, feet crossed, soles upward, left hand closed holding robe, right hand fingers extended touching ground calling it as color is pale gold, some say blue a vajra is before him. His esoteric word is Hum; his element the air, his human form Kanakamuni, v. 拘. Jap. Ashuku, Fudo, and Mudo; Tib. mi-bskyod-pa, mi-'khrugs-pa (mintug-pa); Mong. Ülü küdelükci. v. 不動明王; Akṣobhya-buddha

五尊佛

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wǔ zūn fó / wu3 zun1 fo2
wu tsun fo
 goson butsu
five honored buddhas

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