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 xìn tú
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信徒 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word for “believer.”

Just as in English, this word can be used for a follower of virtually any religion.

This word can also be translated into English as layman, adherent, follower, laity, disciple, or devotee.

 rì lián
 nichi ren
Nichiren Scroll

日蓮 is the title Nichiren.

This title refers to a Buddhist priest who lived from 1222 to 1282. He is the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252. Adding the character 宗 for sect, this would be 日蓮宗 (Nichiren sect), which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect.

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Nichiren's chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya:
1. 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i.e., the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha.
2. 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo, preceded by Namo, or “Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law,” for it is Buddha's spiritual body.
3. 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.

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Zen / Chan / Meditation
to abdicate
(out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (surname) Yuzuri
To level a place for an altar, to sacrifice to the hills and fountains; to abdicate. Adopted by Buddhists for dhyāna, 禪 or 禪那, i.e. meditation, abstraction, trance. dhyāna is 'meditation, thought, reflection, especially profound and abstract religious contemplation'. M.W. It was intp. as 'getting rid of evil', etc., later as 靜慮 quiet meditation. It is a form of 定, but that word is more closely allied with samādhi, cf. 禪定. The term also connotes Buddhism and Buddhist things in general, but has special application to the 禪宗 q.v. It is one of the six pāramitās, cf. 波. There are numerous methods and subjects of meditation. The eighteen brahmalokas are divided into four dhyāna regions 'corresponding to certain frames of mind where individuals might be reborn in strict accordance with their spiritual state'. The first three are the first dhyāna, the second three the second dhyāna, the third three the third dhyāna, and the remaining nine the fourth dhyāna. See Eitel. According to Childers' Pali Dictionary, 'The four jhānas are four stages of mystic meditation, whereby the believer's mind is purged from all earthly emotions, and detached as it were from his body, which remains plunged in a profound trance.' Seated cross-legged, the practiser 'concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity', his mind still reasoning: this is the first jhāna. Concentrating his mind on the same subject, he frees it from reasoning, the ecstasy and serenity remaining, which is the second jhāna. Then he divests himself of ecstasy, reaching the third stage of serenity. Lastly, in the fourth stage the mind becomes indifferent to all emotions, being exalted above them and purified. There are differences in the Mahāyāna methods, but similarity of aim.


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xìn tú
    xin4 tu2
hsin t`u
    hsin tu

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layman; believer; adherent; follower; laity
a believer



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rì lián
    ri4 lian2
jih lien

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(given name) Nichiren; (person) Nichiren (Buddhist priest, 1222-82, founder of the Nichiren sect)
Nichiren, the Japanese founder, in A. D. 1252, of the 日蓮宗 Nichiren sect, which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect. Its chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya: (1) 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i. e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha; (2) 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-gwe-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, 'Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law, ' for it is Buddha's spiritual body; (3) 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.

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disciple; apprentice; believer; on foot; bare; empty; to no avail; only; prison sentence
party; set; gang; company; person; (personal name) Toumei
On foot; a follower, disciple; in vain; banishment.


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fó zǐ
    fo2 zi3
fo tzu
(surname) Busshi
Son of Buddha; a bodhisattva; a believer in Buddhism, for every believer is becoming Buddha; a term also applied to all beings, because all are of Buddha-nature. There is a division of three kinds: 外子 external sons, who have not yet believed; 度子 secondary sons, Hīnayānists; 眞子 true sons, Mahāyānists.



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lái yíng
    lai2 ying2
lai ying
 raikou / raiko
(surname) Raikou
The coming of Buddhas to meet the dying believer and bid welcome to the Pure Land; the three special welcomers are Amitābha, Avalokiteśvara, and Mahāsthāmaprāpta.


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xìn shì
    xin4 shi4
hsin shih
 shinji; shinshi
    しんじ; しんし
(1) {Buddh} male lay devotee; (suffix) (2) (title affixed to man's posthumous Buddhist name) (See 信女・2) believer; (3) (しんし only) (archaism) believer; (personal name) Shinji
upāsaka, 信事男 a male devotee, who remains in the world as a lay disciple. A bestower of alms. Cf. 優.


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xìn nǚ
    xin4 nv3
hsin nü
(1) {Buddh} female lay devotee; (suffix) (2) (title affixed to woman's posthumous Buddhist name) believer; (given name) Nobujo
upāsikā. A female devotee, who remains at home. Cf. 優.


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xìn zhě
    xin4 zhe3
hsin che
(1) believer; adherent; devotee; follower; (2) (colloquialism) fanboy; fanatic; superfan


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zài jiào
    zai4 jiao4
tsai chiao
to be a believer (in a religion, esp. Islam)


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 shuuto / shuto
believer; follower


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(n,vs,vi) becoming a devout believer; (religious) conversion; (female given name) Kie


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jiào tú
    jiao4 tu2
chiao t`u
    chiao tu
 kyouto / kyoto
disciple; follower of a religion
believer; adherent
a follower



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lián tāi
    lian2 tai1
lien t`ai
    lien tai
The Lotus-womb in which the believers of Amitābha are born into his paradise; it is also described as the believer's heart in embryo.


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qián xìn
    qian2 xin4
ch`ien hsin
    chien hsin
piety; devotion (to a religion); pious (believer); devout



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mén tú
    men2 tu2
men t`u
    men tu
follower (of religion; esp. Jōdo Shinshū practitioners); believer


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xìn yǎng zhě
    xin4 yang3 zhe3
hsin yang che
 shinkousha / shinkosha
believer; devotee; follower; adherent; convert; disciple; admirer


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 shinpousha / shinposha
adherent; devotee; believer


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xìn shén zhě
    xin4 shen2 zhe3
hsin shen che
a believer


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shàn nǚ rén
    shan4 nv3 ren2
shan nü jen
{Buddh} (See 善女) pious woman; female believer
good women



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dà yuàn chuán
    da4 yuan4 chuan2
ta yüan ch`uan
    ta yüan chuan
 daigan sen
The great vow boat, i.e. that of Amitābha, which ferries the believer over the sea of mortality to the Pure Land.



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niè pán fēng
    nie4 pan2 feng1
nieh p`an feng
    nieh pan feng
 nehan fū
The nirvāṇa-wind which wafts the believer into bodhi.


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 kyoushinsha / kyoshinsha
fanatic; fanatic believer; zealot



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dǔ xìn zhě
    du3 xin4 zhe3
tu hsin che
devout believer


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qián xìn zhě
    qian2 xin4 zhe3
ch`ien hsin che
    chien hsin che
pious believer; devotee; fundamentalist


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bì zhī fó
    bi4 zhi1 fo2
pi chih fo
 byakushi butsu
(辟支迦) (辟支佛陀) (辟支迦佛陀) pratyekabuddha, one who seeks enlightenment for himself, defined in the Lotus Sūtra as a believer who is diligent and zealous in seeking wisdom, loves loneliness and seclusion, and understands deeply the nidānas. Also called 緣覺; 獨覺; 倶存. It is a stage above the śrāvaka 聲聞 and is known as the 中乘 middle vehicle. Tiantai distinguishes 獨覺 as an ascetic in a period without a Buddha, 緣覺 as a pratyekabuddha. He attains his enlightenment alone, independently of a teacher, and with the object of attaining nirvāṇa and his own salvation rather than that of others, as is the object of a bodhisattva. Cf. 畢.



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sān zūn lái yíng
    san1 zun1 lai2 ying2
san tsun lai ying
 sanson raigō
Amitābha, Avalokiteśvara, Mahāsthāmaprāpta, receive into the western paradise the believer who calls on Amitābha.


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 wagashuunoto / wagashunoto
believer of my denomination


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zhǐ fāng lì xiàng
    zhi3 fang1 li4 xiang4
chih fang li hsiang
 shihō rissō
To point to the west, the location of the Pure Land, and to set up in the mind the presence of Amitābha; to hold this idea, and to trust in Amitābha, and thus attain salvation. The mystics regard this as a mental experience, while the ordinary believer regards it as an objective reality.



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yǒu shén lùn zhě
    you3 shen2 lun4 zhe3
yu shen lun che
theist (believer in one or more Deities)

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Believer信徒shintoxìn tú / xin4 tu2 / xin tu / xintuhsin t`u / hsintu / hsin tu
nichi ren / nichirenrì lián / ri4 lian2 / ri lian / rilianjih lien / jihlien
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