- (in Buddhism) a small household altar
- (in Nichiren Buddhism) an ornate cabinet which holds the Gohonzon
from Japanese butsu Buddha (from Chinese fu) + dan shelf
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Examples from the Web for butsudan
Finding that he had, she bade him open the butsudan and light a lamp.
Going to the Butsudan, or house altar, at once he lit the lamps.
The farmer expressed his fear of spirits, whereupon the woman inquired if her host had a butsudan (a family altar).
At home, the ancestral tablets in the Butsudan form the centre of the ceremonies.Japanese Girls and Women
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Deign to refrain from taking life in the house; nay, before the very ihai in the Butsudan.