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Namu Amida Butsu

Japan namu amida butsu
Namu Amida Butsu Vertical Wall Scroll

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

China nā mó ē mí tuó fó
Japan namu amida butsu
Namo Amitabha Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

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
Japan hotoke / butsu
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll

This single Japanese Kanji can mean Buddha or Buddhism.

This Kanji was actually a shorthand way to write 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 / 佛 is also a rare or derivative Korean Hanja form - but I doubt you will find any Korean that knows that.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fo2
Taiwan fo
Japanese hotoke / ほとけ    butsu / ぶつ    futsu / ふつ
Buddha / Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Japanese variant of 佛
Japanese (1) Buddha; merciful person; Buddhist image; (2) the dead; dead person; spirit of the dead; Buddha; Buddhism; (abbreviation) (See 仏蘭西) France; (surname) Hotokesaki; (surname) Hotoke; (place-name) Furansu; (place-name) Futsu; (personal name) Satoru

阿彌陀佛


阿弥陀佛

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Mandarin ā mí tuó fó / a1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
Taiwan a mi t`o fo / a mi to fo
Japanese Amida butsu
Chinese Amitabha Buddha; the Buddha of the Western paradise; may the lord Buddha preserve us!; merciful Buddha!
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

南無阿弥陀仏

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

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Mandarin/ wu4
Taiwan wu
Japanese mono(p);mon / もの(P);もん    butsu;butsu / ぶつ;ブツ
Chinese thing; object; matter; abbr. for physics 物理
Japanese (1) thing; object; article; stuff; substance; (2) (as 〜のもの, 〜のもん) one's things; possessions; property; belongings; (3) things; something; anything; everything; nothing; (4) quality; (5) reason; the way of things; (6) (kana only) (formal noun often used as 〜ものだ) used to emphasize emotion, judgment, etc.; used to indicate a common occurrence in the past (after a verb in past tense); used to indicate a general tendency; used to indicate something that should happen; (suffix noun) (7) item classified as ...; item related to ...; work of ...; (8) cause of ...; cause for ...; (prefix) (9) (もの only) (See 物寂しい・ものさびしい) somehow; somewhat; for some reason; (10) (もの only) (See 物珍しい・ものめずらしい) really; truly; (1) stock; products; (2) (kana only) (slang) stolen goods; loot; spoils; (surname) Mono
Thing, things in general, beings, living beings, matters; "substance," cf. 陀羅驃 dravya.

ブツ

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

今佛

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Mandarin jīn fó / jin1 fo2
Taiwan chin fo
Japanese kin butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

佛佛

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Mandarin fó fó / fo2 fo2
Taiwan fo fo
Japanese butsu butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

佛器

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Mandarin fó qì / fo2 qi4
Taiwan fo ch`i / fo chi
Japanese butsu ki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

佛壽


佛寿

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Mandarin fú shòu / fu2 shou4
Taiwan fu shou
Japanese 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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Mandarin fó suǒ / fo2 suo3
Taiwan fo so
Japanese butsu sho
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

佛月

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Mandarin fú yuè / fu2 yue4
Taiwan fu yüeh
Japanese 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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Mandarin fú jiàn / fu2 jian4
Taiwan fu chien
Japanese butsu ken
The correct views, or doctrines, of the Buddha; Buddha doctrines; buddha view

佛記


佛记

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Mandarin fú jì / fu2 ji4
Taiwan fu chi
Japanese butsu ki
Buddha's prediction, his foretelling of the future of his disciples.

入佛

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Mandarin rù fú / ru4 fu2
Taiwan ju fu
Japanese nyū butsu
The bringing in of an image of a Buddha; bringing in the buddha

十佛

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Mandarin shí fú / shi2 fu2
Taiwan shih fu
Japanese 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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Mandarin sì fú / si4 fu2
Taiwan ssu fu
Japanese 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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Mandarin rú fó / ru2 fo2
Taiwan ju fo
Japanese nyo butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

崇佛

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Mandarin chóng fó / chong2 fo2
Taiwan ch`ung fo / chung fo
Japanese sū butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

打つ

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Japanese butsu / ぶつ    utsu / うつ Japanese (transitive verb) (kana only) to hit (a person); to strike; to beat; (transitive verb) (1) (also written as 拍つ, 搏つ, 撲つ, 擣つ) to hit; to strike; to knock; to beat; to punch; to slap; to tap; to bang; to clap; to pound; (2) to strike (noon, etc.); to sound (cymbals, etc.); to beat (a drum, etc.); (3) to beat (rhythmically, e.g. pulse, waves, etc.); (4) to move; to impress; to touch; (5) to drive in; to hammer in; to put in; to inject; (6) to type; to send; to transmit; (7) to insert; to write in; to mark; (8) to make (noodles, etc.); to prepare; (9) to till (soil); (10) to sprinkle; to throw; to cast; (11) to do; to carry out; to play; to perform; to engage in (gambling, etc.); (12) to pay (a deposit, etc.); (13) to visit (on a pilgrimage); (14) to line (a coat); (15) to bind (a criminal)

有佛

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Mandarin yǒu fó / you3 fo2
Taiwan yu fo
Japanese u butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

ブーツ

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Japanese buutsu / butsu / ブーツ Japanese boots

一切佛

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Mandarin yī qiè fó / yi1 qie4 fo2
Taiwan i ch`ieh fo / i chieh fo
Japanese issai butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

一日佛

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Mandarin yī rì fú / yi1 ri4 fu2
Taiwan i jih fu
Japanese ichinichi butsu
A one-day Buddha, i.e. he who lives a whole day purely.

丈六佛

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Mandarin zhàng liù fó / zhang4 liu4 fo2
Taiwan chang liu fo
Japanese jōroku butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

三世佛

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Mandarin sān shì fú / san1 shi4 fu2
Taiwan san shih fu
Japanese 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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Mandarin sān qiān fú / san1 qian1 fu2
Taiwan san ch`ien fu / san chien fu
Japanese sanzen butsu
idem 三世; three thousand buddha (worlds)

三尊佛

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Mandarin sān zūn fú / san1 zun1 fu2
Taiwan san tsun fu
Japanese 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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Mandarin sān mèi fú / san1 mei4 fu2
Taiwan san mei fu
Japanese Zanmai Butsu
Samādhi Buddha, one of the ten Buddhas mentioned in the 華嚴經.

不作佛

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Mandarin bù zuò fó / bu4 zuo4 fo2
Taiwan pu tso fo
Japanese fusa butsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

不動佛


不动佛

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Mandarin bù dòng fú / bu4 dong4 fu2
Taiwan pu tung fu
Japanese 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

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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.
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