Definitions

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  • n. A Buddhist shrine, comprising a wooden cabinet with doors that enclose and protect a religious icon.

Etymologies

Japanese 仏壇, Buddha's house. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After that I got a butsudan, which is a beautiful little cabinet.

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  • The butsudan looks like a little altar; but the idea is not that you're worshiping this piece of paper or anything.

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  • And the butsudan really scared him for some reason; I thought he was going to faint.

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  • I kept the butsudan in an empty room we had, and when Ike was out I would do the chant and read the book Valerie had given me, and I could feel myself becoming stronger-becoming less and less afraid.

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  • This written promise he sealed with his seal, and placed in the butsudan beside the mortuary tablet of O-Tei.

    Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

  • In the better class of houses special architectural arrangements are made for the butsudan; an alcove, recess, or other contrivance, often so arranged as to be concealed from view by

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • At that time the household butsudan is always exposed to view, and often moved from its usual place in order to obtain room for the offerings to be set before it.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • In Mr. Morse's own illustration of a Buddhist household shrine (p. 226) it does not rest on the floor at all, but on the upper shelf of a cupboard, which must not be confounded with the butsudan -- a very small one.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • The Buddhist family worship coexists in the vast majority of Izumo homes with the Shinto family worship; and whether the dead be honoured in the mitamaya or before the butsudan altogether depends upon the religious traditions of the household.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • She spread the mattress on the floor, fetched a wooden pillow, suspended her paper mosquito-curtain, unfolded a large screen on the side of the bed toward the butsudan, and then bade him good-night in a manner that assured him she wished him to retire at once; which he did, not without some reluctance at the thought of all the trouble he had unintentionally caused her. º3

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

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