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Japanology Plus 2017 04 04 Buddhist Altars
Japanology Plus 2017 04 04 Buddhist Altars
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Butsudan Build Part 1 - Design, Wood, Initial Prep.
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Butsudan
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Antique Japanese Butsudan Buddhist household altar - Japan Antique Roadshow
Antique Japanese Butsudan Buddhist household altar - Japan Antique Roadshow
Published: 2013/11/03
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現代仏壇 ギャラリーメモリア札幌西町 http://www.gendai-butsudan.jp/
現代仏壇 ギャラリーメモリア札幌西町 http://www.gendai-butsudan.jp/
Published: 2012/03/14
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The Old Butsudan shop in Japan
The Old Butsudan shop in Japan
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Rare figured Koa Butsudan /cabinet
Rare figured Koa Butsudan /cabinet
Published: 2017/09/10
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KAWANABE BUTSUDAN / Beauty of Life, Kagoshima
KAWANABE BUTSUDAN / Beauty of Life, Kagoshima
Published: 2017/01/06
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Butsudan per Gohonzon con illuminazione Led
Butsudan per Gohonzon con illuminazione Led
Published: 2013/11/09
Channel: MattewKiT
2/2 Kin-butsudan - Faith shines brilliant in craft that embodies Nirvana
2/2 Kin-butsudan - Faith shines brilliant in craft that embodies Nirvana
Published: 2014/07/02
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Offering at a Butsudan
Offering at a Butsudan
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Benjamin Martin
The Nichiren Shu Butsudan (Buddhist Shrine) Lecture by Kanjin Cederman Shonin
The Nichiren Shu Butsudan (Buddhist Shrine) Lecture by Kanjin Cederman Shonin
Published: 2013/12/12
Channel: Rowdy Buddhist Channel
Vintage Japanese Butsudan Altar
Vintage Japanese Butsudan Altar
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Akira Gomi
Butsudan by esho funi
Butsudan by esho funi
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: Nakia Grace Rogers
2014.04.17 Core Kyoto - Kin butsudan Faith Shines Brilliant in Craft that Embodies Nirvana pt2
2014.04.17 Core Kyoto - Kin butsudan Faith Shines Brilliant in Craft that Embodies Nirvana pt2
Published: 2014/04/24
Channel: Boris Popov
Come costruire il tuo Butsudan
Come costruire il tuo Butsudan
Published: 2013/03/07
Channel: youcomvideo
Butsudan kansai
Butsudan kansai
Published: 2013/05/29
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Japanese Butsudan Buddhism
Japanese Butsudan Buddhism
Published: 2016/01/26
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How to pray butsudan(pray station) and light incense manner
How to pray butsudan(pray station) and light incense manner
Published: 2011/08/30
Channel: ORGAN LIFE -オルガンライフ 自然に生きよう
Butsudan
Butsudan
Published: 2015/01/23
Channel: Nakia Grace Rogers
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Published: 2009/04/28
Channel: brmilton
Butsudan Finale
Butsudan Finale
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: DBaca Maker
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fabrication Butsudan
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: San Tipiak
Finishing a Butsudan  and Daimoku Sansho
Finishing a Butsudan and Daimoku Sansho
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: Butsuma Butsudans
BUTSUDAN ALTAR ORIENTAL
BUTSUDAN ALTAR ORIENTAL
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Sebastian Cattaneo
Butsudan Hondo
Butsudan Hondo
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: Butsuma Butsudans
Assembling an Esho Funi Butsudan
Assembling an Esho Funi Butsudan
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Nakia Grace Rogers
BUTSUDAN
BUTSUDAN
Published: 2010/06/14
Channel: Eduardo Oliveira
Altar familiar - Butsudan
Altar familiar - Butsudan
Published: 2010/02/13
Channel: MultiDanieladrian
Butsudan Build-Along Entreacte
Butsudan Build-Along Entreacte
Published: 2017/01/11
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SGI BUTSUDAN 2
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Published: 2011/02/24
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Butsudan
Published: 2010/10/21
Channel: Tayln
Yame-fukushima Butsudan (Buddhist altar)
Yame-fukushima Butsudan (Buddhist altar)
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: fukuokaitvEnglish
Butsudan Artigianali
Butsudan Artigianali
Published: 2009/05/05
Channel: leonardopierini
Assembling an Esho Funi Butsudan
Assembling an Esho Funi Butsudan
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Nakia Grace Rogers
Japón íntimo: Experiencias personales con el butsudan
Japón íntimo: Experiencias personales con el butsudan
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación
Butsudan Build Part 3 - Dovetail Pins & Case Glue Up
Butsudan Build Part 3 - Dovetail Pins & Case Glue Up
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: Mitch Peacock - WOmadeOD
Applying Primer To MDF in a Butsudan
Applying Primer To MDF in a Butsudan
Published: 2014/04/27
Channel: Butsuma Butsudans
Buddhist Temple Bell Sound Effect Butsudan
Buddhist Temple Bell Sound Effect Butsudan
Published: 2014/07/17
Channel: teru0118
esho funi (butsudan #16)
esho funi (butsudan #16)
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: Nakia Grace Rogers
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Published: 2017/01/10
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自由な組み合わせ。A4サイズのお仏壇|A4 butsudan
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: いのりオーケストラ「INORIORCHESTRA」
Il Butsudan e l
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Published: 2012/05/08
Channel: Namaste5606
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butsudan table 60
Published: 2009/08/20
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Butsudan maker | Metal Butsudan Shop peak (Sumeru Co.)
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Sumeru Butsudan Co.
Butsudan Build Part 5 - Applied Top & Bottoms
Butsudan Build Part 5 - Applied Top & Bottoms
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Mitch Peacock - WOmadeOD
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Butsudan burning 4
Published: 2009/02/07
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Butsudan Build Part 2 - Back Groove & Case Tails
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Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: Mitch Peacock - WOmadeOD
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An ornate butsudan with open doors displaying an enshrined Amida Buddha. A Butsudan in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism tradition.
Close-up view of the inner altar with the painted scroll of the Buddha

A Butsudan, sometimes spelled Butudan (仏壇, literally "Buddhist altar"), is a shrine commonly found in temples and homes in Japanese Buddhist cultures.[1] A butsudan is either a defined, often ornate platform or simply a wooden cabinet sometimes crafted with doors that enclose and protect a Gohonzon or religious icon, typically a statue or painting of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, or a calligraphic mandala scroll.

If there are doors used, a Butsudan enshrines the Gohonzon icon during religious observances, and close after usage. In case of no doors, either a sheet of brocade or white cloth is sometimes placed over to render its sacred space. Traditional Japanese beliefs associate the Butsudan to be either a house of the Buddha, Bodhisattva as well as deceased relatives enshrined within it. In some Buddhist sects, when a Butsudan is replaced or repaired by the family, a re-enshrinement ceremony follows.[2]

A butsudan usually contains an array of subsidiary religious accessories, called butsugu, such as candlesticks, incense burners, bells, and platforms for placing offerings such as fruit, tea or rice. Some Buddhist sects place ihai memorial tablets, ash of the deceased or kakochō death registers for deceased relatives either within or near the butsudan.[3] The defined space which occupies the Butsudan is referred to as Butsuma.

Arrangement[edit]

The arrangement and types of items in and around the butsudan can vary depending on the sect. A butsudan usually houses a honzon, a statue or painting of the Buddha or a Buddhist deity that reflects the school which the family follows, though embroidered scrolls containing a mantric or sutric text are also common. Other auxiliary items often found near the butsudan include tea, water and food (usually fruits or rice), an incense burner, candles, flowers, hanging lamps and evergreens.[4] A rin often accompanies the butsudan, which can be rung during liturgy or recitation of prayers. Members of some Buddhist sects place ihai or tablets engraved with the names of deceased family members within or next to the butsudan. Other Buddhist sects, such as Jōdo Shinshū, usually do not have these, but may instead have pictures of the deceased placed near the butsudan.[5] The butsudan is typically placed upon a larger cabinet in which are kept important family documents and certificates.[6]

Social-spiritual relations[edit]

The butsudan is commonly seen as an essential part in the life of a traditional Japanese family as it is the centre of spiritual faith within the household, especially in dealing with the deaths of family members or reflecting on the lives of ancestors. This is especially true in many rural villages, where it is common for more than 90% of households to possess a butsudan, to be contrasted with urban and suburban areas, where the rate of possession can drop down to below 60%.[7]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reader (1995:55) notes: "Over 60% of Japanese households have a butsudan: many of the rest do not simply because no-one in the family has yet died and become an ancestor".
  2. ^ NHK World - Core Kyoto - The Butsudan Episode
  3. ^ Cf. Reader (1995:55-56); Lewis (2007:178).
  4. ^ Cf. Buckley (2002:56-57).
  5. ^ Bregman, Lucy (2009). Religion, Death, and Dying, Volume 3. Praeger. p. 164. ISBN 0897501217. 
  6. ^ Cf. Hamabata (1990:61).
  7. ^ See Nakamaki (2003:24-25) for a discussion of the sociological stratification of butsudan ownership in modern Japan.

References[edit]

  • Buckley, Sandra (2002) "Butsudan and Kamidana" in Buckley, Sandra (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture, pp. 56–57. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-14344-6.
  • Hamabata, M. Masayuki (1990). Crested Kimono: Power and Love in the Japanese Business Family. New York: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-2333-3.
  • Lewis, Todd T. (2007). "Butsudan" in Espin, Orlando (Ed.) An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies, pg. 178. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. ISBN 978-0-8146-5856-7.
  • Nakamaki, Hirochika (2003). Japanese Religions at Home and Abroad. New York: Routledge/Curzon. ISBN 0-7007-1617-3.
  • Reader, Ian (1995). Japanese Religions: Past and Present. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-1545-9.

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