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  1. Buddhism / Buddha

  2. The Aura of Buddha

  3. Buddha / Buddhism

  4. Buddhism

  5. Denver

  6. Dharma / Buddhist Doctrine

  7. Franco

  8. Ginnifer

  9. Ivory

10. Jeffrey

11. The Eye of the Buddha

12. Happy Buddha

13. Amitabha Buddha

14. Florence

15. Florida

16. Forest

17. Foster

18. Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha

19. Branford

20. Wilfredo

21. Namo Amitabha Buddha

22. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

23. Heart Sutra

Buddhism / Buddha

Japan hotoke
Buddhism / Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

佛 is the essence of the Buddha or Buddhism. Depending on context, this word and character can be used to refer to the religion and lifestyle of Buddhism, or in some cases, the Buddha himself.

It is interesting to note that this word is separate from all others in the Chinese language. The sound of "fo" has only this meaning. 佛 is in contrast to many sounds in the Chinese language which can have one of four tones, and more than 20 possible characters and meanings. This language anomaly shows just how significant Buddhism has affected China since the ancient times.

More about Buddhism

佛 is also used with the same meaning in Korean Hanja.

It's used in the very religious context of Buddhism in Japan. It should be noted that there are two forms of this Kanji in use in Japan - this is the more formal/ancient version but it's rarely seen outside of religious artwork, and may not be recognized by all Japanese people.

It also acts as a suffix or first syllable for many Buddhist-related words in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

See our Buddhism & Zen page

See Also:  Bodhisattva | Enlightenment

The Aura of Buddha

China fó guāng
Japan bukkou
The Aura of Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

佛光 means Buddha's teachings, or Buddha's Light.

This often refers to the aura around the head of Buddha.

Alternate meanings include: Spiritual Enlightenment (from Buddha), Buddha's Halo, or Buddha's Glory.

Buddha / Buddhism

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.


(2 characters)
China fó jiào
Buddhism Vertical Wall Scroll

佛教 is the more exact way to express the religion or lifestyle of Buddhism. It can also be read as "Buddha's Teachings." 佛教 is Chinese only, as a different character is more commonly used in Japanese to express Buddhism. The same first character is used in Korea but a slight variation exists in the second character in Korean Hanja. However, it would be fully recognized by any Korean person who can read Hanja.


China dān fó
Denver Vertical Wall Scroll

丹佛 is the place name Denver (as in Denver, Colorado), in Chinese.

Also good if your name happens to be Denver.

Dharma / Buddhist Doctrine

China fó fǎ
Dharma / Buddhist Doctrine Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be defined as "The Law of Buddha," "The Power of Buddha," or simply "Dharma."


China fú lǎng gē
Franco Vertical Wall Scroll

佛朗哥 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Franco.


China zhēn nī fú
Ginnifer Vertical Wall Scroll

珍妮佛 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ginnifer.


China ài fó rì
Ivory Vertical Wall Scroll

艾彿利 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ivory.


China jié fó ruì
Jeffrey Vertical Wall Scroll

杰佛瑞 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jeffrey

The Eye of the Buddha

China wǔ yǎn
Japan butsugen
The Eye of the Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

The eye of Buddha, the enlightened one who sees all and is omniscient.

仏In modern Japan, they also write the first Kanji as shown to the right. Both versions are correct but if you want the modern Japanese version, click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
Happy Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. 歡喜光佛 is Amitābha from Sanskrit but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

Amitabha Buddha

China ē mí tuó fó
Japan amida butsu
Amitabha Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

This title can mean the Buddha of the Western paradise. But it's more a chant that means, "May the lord Buddha preserve us!" or "Merciful Buddha!."

阿彌陀佛 is also a translation to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for, "Amitâbha Buddha."

Asian Buddhists will often greet and say goodbye to each other with this phrase/chant/title.


China fó luó lún sà
Florence Vertical Wall Scroll

佛羅倫薩 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Florence.


China fó luó lǐ dá
Florida Vertical Wall Scroll

佛羅里達 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Florida (same as the state name).


Given Name
China fó léi sī tè
Forest Vertical Wall Scroll

佛雷斯特 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Forest. However, if your name is Forest, I suggest using the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for forest (wooded area).


China Fó shǐ té ěr
Foster Vertical Wall Scroll

佛史特爾 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Foster.

Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha

Japan ken shou jyo butsu
Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha Vertical Wall Scroll

見性成佛 is a complex concept in Japanese Buddhism. 見性成佛 is the initial enlightenment that leads to self-awareness, becoming Buddha, and the path to enter Nirvana.

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment | Initial Enlightenment


China bù lán fó ěr dé
Branford Vertical Wall Scroll

布蘭佛爾德 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Branford.


China wēi ěr fó ruì duō
Wilfredo Vertical Wall Scroll

This Mandarin Chinese transliteration sounds more like Wilfredo than the most common version.

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

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

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

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.

Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the short version of the Heart Sutra as translated by Xuanzang. It is often cited as the best-known and most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.

Notes: There are too many characters for this to be done by the economy calligrapher. You must choose a Master Calligrapher.

With this many characters, and the fact that one tiny mistake wipes out hours of work, keep in mind that writing the Heart Sutra is usually a full day of work for a calligrapher. This work and personal energy should be cherished and respected. In other words, the calligrapher is not charging enough money for the value that you are getting here.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fo2
Taiwan fo
Japanese hotoke / ほとけ    butsusaki / ぶつさき
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Buddha; Buddhism
Japanese (surname) Hotoke; (surname) Butsusaki
Buddha, from budh to "be aware of", "conceive", "observe", "wake"; also 陀; 浮圖; 浮陀; 浮頭; 浮塔; 勃陀; 勃馱; 沒馱; 母馱; 母陀; 部陀; 休屠. Buddha means "completely conscious, enlightened", and came to mean the enlightener. he Chinese translation is 覺 to perceive, aware, awake; and 智 gnosis, knowledge. There is an Eternal Buddha, see e.g. the Lotus Sutra, cap. 16, and multitudes of Buddhas, but the personality of a Supreme Buddha, an Ādi-Buddha, is not defined. Buddha is in and through all things, and some schools are definitely Pan-Buddhist in the pantheistic sense. In the triratna 三寳 commonly known as 三寳, while Śākyamuni Buddha is the first "person" of the Trinity, his Law the second, and the Order the third, all three by some are accounted as manifestations of the All-Buddha. As Śākyamuni, the title indicates him as the last of the line of Buddhas who have appeared in this world, Maitreya is to be the next. As such he is the one who has achieved enlightenment, having discovered the essential evil of existence (some say mundane existence, others all existence), and the way of deliverance from the constant round of reincarnations; this way is through the moral life into nirvana, by means of self-abnegation, the monastic life, and meditation. By this method a Buddha, or enlightened one, himself obtains Supreme Enlightenment, or Omniscience, and according to Māhāyanism leads all beings into the same enlightenment. He sees things not as they seem in their phenomenal but in their noumenal aspects, as they really are. The term is also applied to those who understand the chain of causality (twelve nidānas) and have attained enlightenment surpassing that of the arhat. Four types of the Buddha are referred to: (1) 三藏the Buddha of the Tripiṭaka who attained enlightenment on the bare ground under the bodhi-tree; (2) 通the Buddha on the deva robe under the bodhi-tree of the seven precious things; (3) 別the Buddha on the great precious Lotus throne under the Lotus realm bodhi-tree; and (4) 圓the Buddha on the throne of Space in the realm of eternal rest and glory where he is Vairocana. The Hīnayāna only admits the existence of one Buddha at a time; Mahāyāna claims the existence of many Buddhas at one and the same time, as many Buddhas as there are Buddha-universes, which are infinite in number.


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Mandarin dān fó / dan1 fo2
Taiwan tan fo
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Denver, Colorado


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Mandarin fó guāng / fo2 guang1
Taiwan fo kuang
Japanese bukkō
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Buddha's teachings; aura (around the head of Buddha)
The light of Buddha, spiritual enlightenment; halo, glory; light of the Buddha


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Mandarin fó jiào / fo2 jiao4
Taiwan fo chiao
Japanese bukkyou / bukkyo / ぶっきょう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Buddhism
Buddha's teaching; Buddhism, v. 釋教.


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Mandarin fó fǎ / fo2 fa3
Taiwan fo fa
Japanese buppō
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha); Buddhist doctrine
buddhadharma; the Dharma or Law preached by the Buddha, the principles underlying these teachings, the truth attained by him, its embodiment in his being. Buddhism; the Buddha-dharma


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Mandarin fó yǎn / fo2 yan3
Taiwan fo yen
Japanese butsugen
The eye of Buddha, the enlightened one who sees all and is omniscient; Buddha-eye


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Mandarin fó lǎng gē / fo2 lang3 ge1
Taiwan fo lang ko
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Franco (name); Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde (1892-1975), Spanish dictator and head of state 1939-1975



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Mandarin fó luó lún sà / fo2 luo2 lun2 sa4
Taiwan fo lo lun sa
Chinese Florence, city in Italy



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Mandarin fú luó lǐ dá / fu2 luo2 li3 da2
Taiwan fu lo li ta
Chinese Florida



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Mandarin huān xǐ guāng fú / huan1 xi3 guang1 fu2
Taiwan huan hsi kuang fu
Japanese Kangi Kōbutsu
Buddha of joyful light, Amitābha.



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Mandarin ē mí tuó fó / e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
Taiwan o mi t`o fo / o mi to fo
Japanese Amida butsu
Chinese Amitabha Buddha; the Buddha of the Western paradise; may the lord Buddha preserve us!; merciful Buddha!
Amitâbha Buddha


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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Chinese seemingly
Japanese See:

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Chinese (female) head ornament; variant of 彿|[fu2]
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Mandarin yī fó / yi1 fo2
Taiwan i fo
Japanese ichibutsu / いちぶつ
Japanese (surname) Ichibutsu
one buddha


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Mandarin qī fú / qi1 fu2
Taiwan ch`i fu / chi fu
Japanese shichibutsu
sapta Buddha. The seven ancient Buddhas, viz. Vipaśyin 毘婆尸, Śikhin 尸棄, Viśvabhū 毘舍婆, Krakucchanda 拘樓孫, Kanakamuni 倶那含牟尼 or 拘那含, Kāśyapa 迦葉, and Śākyamuni 釋迦. The last four are said to be of the present kalpa; seven past buddhas


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Mandarin sān fú / san1 fu2
Taiwan san fu
Japanese sanbutsu / さんぶつ
Japanese (surname) Sanbutsu
Trikāya, v. 三身. Also the三岐 or founders of the 楊岐 branch of the Chan (Zen) School, i.e. Huiqin 慧勤, Qingyuan 淸遠, and Keqin 克勤; three buddhas


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Mandarin shì fó / shi4 fo2
Taiwan shih fo
Japanese jibutsu
serve the Buddha


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Mandarin èr fó / er4 fo2
Taiwan erh fo
Japanese nibutsu
two buddhas


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Mandarin wǔ fú / wu3 fu2
Taiwan wu fu
Japanese gobutsu
The Five Dhyāni-Buddhas of the Vajradhātu and Garbhadhātu; v. 五智如來; five buddhas


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Mandarin jīn fó / jin1 fo2
Taiwan chin fo
Japanese kin butsu
present buddha


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Mandarin fǎng fú / fang3 fu2
Taiwan fang fu
Japanese hōfutsu
Chinese variant of 彷彿|仿[fang3 fu2]
resemble closely


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Mandarin fó qī / fo2 qi1
Taiwan fo ch`i / fo chi
Japanese butsushichi


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Mandarin fú shì / fu2 shi4
Taiwan fu shih
Japanese busse
Buddha-age; especially the age when Buddha was on earth.


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Mandarin fú chéng / fu2 cheng2
Taiwan fu ch`eng / fu cheng
Japanese butsujō
The Buddha conveyance or vehicle, Buddhism as the vehicle of salvation for all beings; the doctrine of the 華嚴 Huayan (Kegon) School that all may become Buddha, which is called 一乘 the One Vehicle, the followers of this school calling it the 圓教 complete or perfect doctrine; this doctrine is also styled in the Lotus Sutra 一乘 the One Buddha-Vehicle.


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Mandarin fó shì / fo2 shi4
Taiwan fo shih
Japanese butsuji
Buddha's affairs, the work of transforming all beings; or of doing Buddha-work, e.g. prayers and worship.


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Mandarin fú wèi / fu2 wei4
Taiwan fu wei
Japanese butsui
The state of Buddhahood.


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Mandarin fó zhù / fo2 zhu4
Taiwan fo chu
Japanese butsujū
a buddha-abode


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Mandarin fó fó / fo2 fo2
Taiwan fo fo
Japanese butsu butsu


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Mandarin fú shǐ / fu2 shi3
Taiwan fu shih
Japanese busshi
A messenger of the Tathāgata; messenger of the Buddha


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Mandarin fú gōng / fu2 gong1
Taiwan fu kung
Japanese butsugu
An offering to Buddha; buddha-offering

Lookup in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
hotokefó / fo2 / fo
The Aura of Buddha佛光bukkou / bukofó guāng / fo2 guang1 / fo guang / foguangfo kuang / fokuang
仏 / 佛
hotoke / butsu
Buddhism佛教fó jiào / fo2 jiao4 / fo jiao / fojiaofo chiao / fochiao
Denver丹佛dān fó / dan1 fo2 / dan fo / danfotan fo / tanfo
Buddhist Doctrine
佛法fó fǎ / fo2 fa3 / fo fa / fofa
Franco佛朗哥fú lǎng gē
fu2 lang3 ge1
fu lang ge
fu lang ko
Ginnifer珍妮佛zhēn nī fú
zhen1 ni1 fu2
zhen ni fu
chen ni fu
ài fó rì
ai4 fo2 ri4
ai fo ri
ai fo jih
Jeffrey杰佛瑞jié fó ruì
jie2 fo2 rui4
jie fo rui
chieh fo jui
The Eye of the Buddha佛眼
佛眼 / 仏眼
butsugen / butsugenwǔ yǎn / wu3 yan3 / wu yan / wuyanwu yen / wuyen
Happy Buddha歡喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kan gi ko butsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo
Amitabha Buddha阿彌陀佛
amida butsu
ē mí tuó fó
e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
e mi tuo fo
o mi t`o fo
o mi to fo
fó luó lún sà
fo2 luo2 lun2 sa4
fo luo lun sa
fo lo lun sa
fó luó lǐ dá
fo2 luo2 li3 da2
fo luo li da
fo lo li ta
Forest佛雷斯特fó léi sī tè
fo2 lei2 si1 te4
fo lei si te
fo lei ssu t`e
fo lei ssu te
Fó shǐ té ěr
Fo2 shi3 te2 er3
Fo shi te er
Fo shih t`e erh
Fo shih te erh
Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha見性成佛
ken shou jyo butsu
ken sho jyo butsu
bù lán fó ěr dé
bu4 lan2 fo2 er3 de2
bu lan fo er de
pu lan fo erh te
wēi ěr fó ruì duō
wei1 er3 fo2 rui4 duo1
wei er fo rui duo
wei erh fo jui to
Namo Amitabha Buddha南無阿彌陀佛
namu amida butsu
nā mó ē mí tuó fó
na1 mo2 e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
na mo e mi tuo fo
na mo o mi t`o fo
na mo o mi to fo
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
Heart Sutra觀自在菩薩行深般若波羅蜜多時照見五蘊皆空度一切苦厄舍利子色不異空空不異色色即是空空即是色受想行識亦復如是舍利子是諸法空相不生不滅不垢不淨不增不減是故空中無色無受想行識無眼耳鼻舌身意無色聲香味觸法無眼界乃至無意識界無無明亦無無明盡乃至無老死亦無老死盡無苦集滅道無智亦無得以無所得故菩提薩埵依般若波羅蜜多故心無罣礙無罣礙故無有恐怖遠離顛倒夢想究竟涅盤三世諸佛依般若波羅蜜多故得阿耨多羅三藐三菩提故知般若波羅蜜多是大神咒是大明咒是無上咒是無等等咒能除一切苦真實不虛故說般若波羅蜜多咒即說咒曰揭諦揭諦波羅揭諦波羅僧揭諦菩提薩婆訶
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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