念仏

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 4 Grade: 5

Etymology[edit]

From (nen, thoughts) + (butsu, Buddhism)

Noun[edit]

念仏 (hiragana ねんぶつ, romaji nenbutsu)

  1. a prayer to Buddha

Derived terms[edit]

  • 念仏往生 (nenbutsu ōjō): passing away peacefully to be reborn in Paradise through invocation of Amitabha
  • 念仏三昧 (nenbutsu zanmai): being deep in prayer
  • 念仏を唱える (nenbutsu o tonaeru): chant the name of Buddha
  • 空念仏 (soranenbutsu): empty words
  • 専修念仏 (senju nenbutsu): intently praying to Buddha
  • 馬の耳に念仏 (uma no mimi ni nenbutsu): you can't talk sense into a horse (This ancient Japanese saying focuses on the futility of trying to explain something to someone who is not at all able to understand, just as it is futile to try to teach the words of the Buddha to a horse.)

Verb[edit]

念仏 + する (hiragana ねんぶつする, romaji nenbutsu suru)

  1. pray to Buddha