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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.
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.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|ē mí tuó fó|
e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
e mi tuo fo
|o mi t`o fo
o mi to fo
|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
|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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 阿弥陀佛 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|amidabutsu / あみだぶつ||
(person) Amida butsu
| ē mí tuó fó / e1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
o mi t`o fo / o mi to fo
Amitabha Buddha; the Buddha of the Western paradise; may the lord Buddha preserve us!; merciful Buddha!
| ā mí tuó fó míng / a1 mi2 tuo2 fo2 ming2
a mi t`o fo ming / a mi to fo ming
Amida butsu myō
name of Amitâbha
| ā mí tuó fó hào / a1 mi2 tuo2 fo2 hao4
a mi t`o fo hao / a mi to fo hao
Amida butsu gō
name of Amitâbha
| nán wú ā mí tuó fó / nan2 wu2 a1 mi2 tuo2 fo2
nan wu a mi t`o fo / nan wu a mi to fo
namo amida butsu
homage to Amitâbha Buddha
| ā mí tuó fó wǔ shí pú sà xiàng / a1 mi2 tuo2 fo2 wu3 shi2 pu2 sa4 xiang4
a mi t`o fo wu shih p`u sa hsiang / a mi to fo wu shih pu sa hsiang
Amidabutsu gojū bosatsu zō
images of the fifty-two bodhisattva attendants of Amitâbha
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