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Shakyamuni / The Buddha

China shì jiā
Japan sha ka
Shakyamuni / The Buddha

釈迦 is the way to write Shakyamuni in Japanese.

It's just two Kanji, the first is a simplified version of the one used in Chinese for Shakyamuni, and the second one is identical to the Chinese.

This refers to the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, 563 BCE-483 BCE) also known as Sakyamuni and Gautama Buddha.

This has very good meaning in Japanese but is an odd selection for a wall scroll. It appears here more for reference.

Shakyamuni / The Buddha

China shì jiā móu ní
Japan sha ka mu ni
Shakyamuni / The Buddha

釋迦牟尼 is a transliteration of "Shakyamuni" or "Sakyamuni" in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

The perceived meaning of the name is roughly translated as, "Sage of the Sakyas."

This same Buddha is also known as "Siddhartha Gautama," "Gotama Buddha," "Tathagata," or simply, "The Supreme Buddha."

This is the legendary man and prince who eventually established the Buddhist religion.

Note: Occasionally Romanized as "Siddhattha Gotama."

This combination of characters is sometimes seen and used in South Korea and Japan as well (with the same meaning).

Note: 釋迦牟尼 came from the Sanskrit शाक्यमुनि and can also be romanized with diuretics as Śākyamuni.

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

China nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
Japan namu shakamuni butsu
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

南無釋迦牟尼佛 is a Buddhist chant or prayer of respect to the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Some will translate this as the Buddhist vow.

The first two characters, 南無, are sometimes translated as "amen"; others will translate it as, "believe in," or "homage to."
To expand on this, 南無 can also mean, "taking of refuge in," while also representing devotion or conviction. 南無 as with most religious concepts or words, different people or denominations will have varying definitions.


China xī dá duō
Japan shiddatta / shiddaruta

悉達多 is the name Siddhartha (as in Siddhartha Gautama), the personal name for Śākyamuni.

This same Buddha is also known as "Shakyamuni Gautama," "Gotama Buddha," or "Tathagata."

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent who founded Buddhism. He is generally seen by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha (Sammāsambuddha) of known human history.

The actual meaning of this name in Chinese is the realization of all aims, or simply being prosperous.

This name is sometimes romanized from the original Sanskrit or Pali as Siddhattha (from Siddhattha Gotama), Siddharth, Siddhārtha, or Sarvāthasiddha.

Siddhārtha or Sarvāthasiddha can also be written as 悉達, 悉多, 悉多頞他, or 悉陀.


China sēng qié
Japan sougya

In Buddhism, this term refers to a community of monks and/or nuns (one of the "Three Jewels"). In general terms, it can simply mean "all followers of the Buddha."

Notes: Though there are not vast numbers of Chinese Hindus, in the Hindu faith, this term means "community together."
The original Sanskrit word is also Romanized as samgha.
The first character means "monk." The second character means Buddha or Shakyamuni.
This is really a transliteration of the original Sanskrit but it uses two very profound Chinese characters related to Buddhism.

Some may pronounce this as "seng qie" or "seng jia" in Mandarin (two possible pronunciations for second character). Note that "qie" would sound a bit like "chee-ah" using typical English pronunciation. Chinese Romanization is not actually designed to match English sounds.

僧僧Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this special Kanji form. However, it should also be noted that this is not a common term in Japanese (except by certain sects of Buddhism or perhaps devout Buddhists in Japan).

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Japanese shaka しゃか
Japanese Gautama Buddha (san:); Shakyamuni; the historical Buddha (5th c. BCE?); (p,s,g) Shaka
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Mandarin mí lēi / mi2 lei1
Taiwan mi lei
Japanese miroku みろく
Chinese Mile county in Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture, Yunnan; Maitreya, the future Bodhisattva, to come after Shakyamuni Buddha
Japanese (surname) Miroku
Maitreya, friendly, benevolent. The Buddhist Messiah, or next Buddha, now in the Tuṣita heaven, who is to come 5,000 years after the nirvāṇa of Śākyamuni, or according to other reckoning after 4,000 heavenly years, i.e. 5,670,000,000 human years. According to tradition he was born in Southern India of a Brahman family. His two epithets are 慈氏 Benevolent, and Ajita 阿逸多 'Invincible'. He presides over the spread of the church, protects its members and will usher in ultimate victory for Buddhism. His image is usually in the hall of the four guardians facing outward, where he is represented as the fat laughing Buddha, but in some places his image is tall, e.g. in Peking in the Yung Ho Kung. Other forms are彌帝M075962; 迷諦隸; 梅低梨; 梅怛麗 (梅怛藥 or 梅怛邪); 每怛哩; 昧怛 M067070曳; 彌羅. There are numerous Maitreya sūtras.

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Japanese zenbutsu ぜんぶつ
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) Buddha prior to Gautama; (2) (Buddhist term) Gautama Buddha; Shakyamuni; (surname) Zenbutsu

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Japanese butsunehan ぶつねはん
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) the death of Shakyamuni Buddha; (2) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) Buddhist service held on the day of Buddha's death (orig. 15th of the 2nd month, now 15th of the 3rd month)

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Mandarin mí lè fó / mi2 le4 fo2
Taiwan mi le fo
Japanese Miroku butsu
Chinese Maitreya; the Bodhisattva that will be the next to come after Shakyamuni Buddha
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Japanese joudoue / jodoe じょうどうえ
Japanese Bodhi Day; Buddhist holiday on December 8 to celebrate Shakyamuni's enlightenment

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Mandarin rán dēng fó / ran2 deng1 fo2
Taiwan jan teng fo
Japanese Nentō Butsu
Chinese Dipamkara Buddha, the former Buddha before Shakyamuni Buddha and the bringer of lights
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Japanese oshakasan おしゃかさん
 oshakasama おしゃかさま
Japanese Buddha; Shakyamuni

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Japanese oshakasan おしゃかさん
 oshakasama おしゃかさま
Japanese Buddha; Shakyamuni

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Japanese shakasanzon しゃかさんぞん
Japanese (Buddhist term) Shakyamuni triad; Gautama triad; image of Shakyamuni (Gautama) Buddha flanked by two attendants

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Japanese nikurube にくるべ
Japanese Gautama Buddha; Shakyamuni; the historical Buddha (5th c. BCE?); (surname) Nikurube

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Japanese shakamuni しゃかむに
Japanese Gautama Buddha (san:); Shakyamuni; the historical Buddha (5th c. BCE?)

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Japanese oshakasan おしゃかさん
Japanese Buddha; Shakyamuni

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Buddha
釈迦sha ka / shakashì jiā / shi4 jia1 / shi jia / shijia shih chia / shihchia
The Buddha
sha ka mu ni
shì jiā móu ní
shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
shi jia mou ni
shih chia mou ni
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha 南無釋迦牟尼佛
namu shakamuni butsu
nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
nan2 wu2 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
nan wu shi jia mou ni fo
nan wu shih chia mou ni fo
Siddhartha 悉達多
shiddatta / shiddarutaxī dá duō
xi1 da2 duo1
xi da duo
hsi ta to
Sangha 僧伽sougya / sogyasēng qié / seng1 qie2 / seng qie / sengqie seng ch`ieh / sengchieh / seng chieh
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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