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butsudan

/ ˈbʊtsəˌdæn /

noun

  1. (in Buddhism) a small household altar
  2. (in Nichiren Buddhism) an ornate cabinet which holds the Gohonzon


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Word History and Origins

Origin of butsudan1

from Japanese butsu Buddha (from Chinese fu ) + dan shelf

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Example Sentences

Finding that he had, she bade him open the butsudan and light a lamp.

Everybody is a Shintist; and every house seems to have both its kamidana and its butsudan.

Also, whether the ancestors are ever worshipped before the kamidana in the same way as they are worshipped before the butsudan.

The old man rose and went to an inner room where hung the Butsudan, the shrine.

Deign to refrain from taking life in the house; nay, before the very ihai in the Butsudan.

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