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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."
釋迦牟尼 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.
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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 釋迦牟尼 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shì jiā móu ní / shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
shih chia mou ni
Siddhartha Gautama (563-485 BC), the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism; Sakyamuni Buddha (Sanskrit: sage of the Sakya)
釋迦文 (釋迦文尼); 釋伽文 Śākyamuni, the saint of the Śākya tribe. muni is saint, holy man, sage, ascetic monk; it is: intp. as 仁 benevolent, charitable, kind, also as 寂默 one who dwells in seclusion. After '500 or 550' previous incarnations, Śākyamuni finally attained to the state of Bodhisattva, was born in the Tuṣita heaven, and descended as a white elephant, through her right side, into the womb of the immaculate Māyā, the purest woman on earth; this was on the 8th day of the 4th month; next year on the 8th day of the 2nd month he was born from her right side painlessly as she stood under a tree in the Lumbinī garden. For the subsequent miraculous events v. Eitel. also the 神通遊戲經 (Lalitavistara), the 釋迦如來成道記, etc. Simpler statements say that he was born the son of Śuddhodana, of the kṣatriya caste, ruler of Kapilavastu, and Māyā his wife; that Māyā died seven days later, leaving him to be brought up by her sister Prājapati; that in due course he was married to Yaśodharā who bore him a son, Rāhula; that in search of truth he left home, became an ascetic, severely disciplined himself, and finally at 35 years of age, under a tree, realized that the way of release from the chain of rebirth and death lay not in asceticism but in moral purity; this he explained first in his four dogmas, v. 四諦 and eightfold noble way 八正道, later amplified and developed in many sermons. He founded his community on the basis of poverty, chastity, and insight or meditation, ad it became known as Buddhism, as he became known as Buddha, the enlightened. His death was probably in or near 487 B.C., a few years before that of Confucius in 479. The sacerdotal name of his family is Gautama, said to be the original name of the whole clan, Śākya being that of his branch, v. 瞿, 喬.; his personal name was Siddhārtha, or Sarvārthasiddha, v. 悉.
| shì jiā móu ní fó / shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
shih chia mou ni fo
Sakyamuni Buddha (Sanskrit: sage of the Sakya); Siddhartha Gautama (563-485 BC), the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism
| qiān bǎi yì huà shēn shì jiā móu ní fó / qian1 bai3 yi4 hua4 shen1 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
ch`ien pai i hua shen shih chia mou ni fo / chien pai i hua shen shih chia mou ni fo
senhyakuoku keshin Shakamuni butsu
Śākyamuni Buddha, of trillions of transformation bodies
| dà ēn jiào zhǔ běn shī shì jiā móu ní fó / da4 en1 jiao4 zhu3 ben3 shi1 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
ta en chiao chu pen shih shih chia mou ni fo
Daion Kyōshu Honshi Śākyamuni Butsu
Our Great Benefactor and Founder of the Teachings, the Original Master Śākyamuni Buddha
| shì jiā mù ní fó chéng dào zài pú tí shù jiàng mó zàn / shi4 jia1 mu4 ni2 fo2 cheng2 dao4 zai4 pu2 ti2 shu4 jiang4 mo2 zan4
shih chia mu ni fo ch`eng tao tsai p`u t`i shu chiang mo tsan / shih chia mu ni fo cheng tao tsai pu ti shu chiang mo tsan
Shakamuni butsujōdō zai bodaiju gōma san
Hymn to Śakyamūṇi's Path to Buddhahood Under the Bodhi Tree, and His Triumph over Māra
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|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
|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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