The Name Nembutsu in Chinese / Japanese...

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Mantra to Buddha / Nembutsu

niàn fó
nenbutsu
Mantra to Buddha / Nembutsu Scroll

念佛 is used primarily in Japanese where it is romanized as nenbutsu.

The meaning is to pray to Buddha, to chant the name of Buddha, or repeat the name of Buddha. This can be an audible or inaudibe chant.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mantra to Buddha
Nembutsu
念佛nenbutsuniàn fó / nian4 fo2 / nian fo / nianfonien fo / nienfo


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

諸行


诸行

see styles
zhū xíng
    zhu1 xing2
chu hsing
 shogyou / shogyo
    しょぎょう
(1) {Buddh} all worldly phenomena; meritorious acts leading to enlightenment; (2) (Jodo school) all practices other than recitation of the nembutsu prayer
All phenomenal changes; all conduct or action; conditioned phenomena

念佛堂

see styles
niàn fó táng
    nian4 fo2 tang2
nien fo t`ang
    nien fo tang
 nembutsu
buddha recitation hall

念佛禪


念佛禅

see styles
niàn fó chán
    nian4 fo2 chan2
nien fo ch`an
    nien fo chan
 nembutsu zen
chanting Chan [Seon]

念佛者

see styles
niàn fó zhě
    nian4 fo2 zhe3
nien fo che
 nembutsu sha
One who repeats the name of a Buddha, especially of Amitābha, with the hope of entering the Pure Land; practitioner of remembrance of the buddha's name

念佛觀


念佛观

see styles
niàn fó guān
    nian4 fo2 guan1
nien fo kuan
 nembutsu kan
observation of mindfulness of the buddha

空念佛

see styles
kōng niàn fó
    kong1 nian4 fo2
k`ung nien fo
    kung nien fo
 kū nembutsu
empty recitation

通念佛

see styles
tōng niàn fó
    tong1 nian4 fo2
t`ung nien fo
    tung nien fo
 tsū nembutsu
To call on the Buddhas in general, i.e. not limited to one Buddha; to call on all buddhas

一心念佛

see styles
yī xīn niàn fó
    yi1 xin1 nian4 fo2
i hsin nien fo
 ichishin nembutsu
single-mindedly chanting the Buddha name

他力念佛

see styles
tā lì niàn fó
    ta1 li4 nian4 fo2
t`a li nien fo
    ta li nien fo
 tariki nembutsu
Trusting to and calling on the Buddha, especially Amitābha; mindfulness of the other power of a buddha

多念念佛

see styles
duō niàn niàn fó
    duo1 nian4 nian4 fo2
to nien nien fo
 tanen nembutsu
repeated chanting of the Buddha's name

大念佛宗

see styles
dà niàn fó zōng
    da4 nian4 fo2 zong1
ta nien fo tsung
 Dai nembutsu shū
interpenetrated recitation sect

尋常念佛


寻常念佛

see styles
xún cháng niàn fó
    xun2 chang2 nian4 fo2
hsün ch`ang nien fo
    hsün chang nien fo
 jinjō nembutsu
Normal or ordinary worship of Buddha, in contrast with special occasions; normal remembrance of the buddha

念佛要文

see styles
niàn fó yào wén
    nian4 fo2 yao4 wen2
nien fo yao wen
 Nembutsu yōmon
Essentials on Mindfulness of the Buddha

散業念佛


散业念佛

see styles
sàn yè niàn fó
    san4 ye4 nian4 fo2
san yeh nien fo
 sangō nembutsu
To repeat the name of Buddha generally and habitually; to practice mindfulness of the buddha during daily activities

般舟念佛

see styles
bō zhōu niàn fó
    bo1 zhou1 nian4 fo2
po chou nien fo
 hanshū nembutsu
(Skt. pratyutpannasamādhi)

融通念佛

see styles
róng tōng niàn fó
    rong2 tong1 nian4 fo2
jung t`ung nien fo
    jung tung nien fo
 Yūtsū nembutsu
interpenetrated recitation sect

開會念佛


开会念佛

see styles
kāi huì niàn fó
    kai1 hui4 nian4 fo2
k`ai hui nien fo
    kai hui nien fo
 kaie nembutsu
assembly chanting

百萬遍念佛


百万遍念佛

see styles
bǎi wàn biàn niàn fó
    bai3 wan4 bian4 nian4 fo2
pai wan pien nien fo
 hyakuman ben nembutsu
a million recitations of the name of the Buddha

融通念佛宗

see styles
róng tōng niàn fó zōng
    rong2 tong1 nian4 fo2 zong1
jung t`ung nien fo tsung
    jung tung nien fo tsung
 Yūzū nembutsu shū
interpenetrated recitation sect

朝題目夕念佛


朝题目夕念佛

see styles
zhāo tí mù xī niàn fó
    zhao1 ti2 mu4 xi1 nian4 fo2
chao t`i mu hsi nien fo
    chao ti mu hsi nien fo
 chō daimoku yū nembutsu
in the morning the Lotus service, in the evening the invocation of Amitâbha Buddha

融通大念佛宗

see styles
róng tōng dà niàn fó zōng
    rong2 tong1 da4 nian4 fo2 zong1
jung t`ung ta nien fo tsung
    jung tung ta nien fo tsung
 Yūtsūdai nembutsu shū
interpenetrated recitation sect

選擇本願念佛集


选择本愿念佛集

see styles
xuǎn zé běn yuàn niàn fó jí
    xuan3 ze2 ben3 yuan4 nian4 fo2 ji2
hsüan tse pen yüan nien fo chi
 Senjaku hongan nembutsu shū
Senchaku hongan nembutsu shū; Senchaku hongan nembutsu shū

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