butsudan


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butsudan

(ˈbʊtsəˌdæn)
n, pl butsudan or -dans
1. (Buddhism) (in Buddhism) a small household altar
2. (Buddhism) (in Nichiren Buddhism) an ornate cabinet which holds the Gohonzon
[from Japanese butsu Buddha (from Chinese fu) + dan shelf]
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He also follows a Japanese traditional ritual to commemorate dead family members: putting zenko incense and some Japanese okashi sweets in a butsudan altar in his brother's house after visiting the family cemetery.
But Miss Jennifer had on a previous visit picked up and brought the Cluster of Jewels Mandala and butsudan from Michael's apartment, and his altar was all appropriately center stage against the wall of his room.
For example, on special occasions, they purchased flowers and candles, which were placed near butsudan, a small wooden shrine, which commemorated ancestors in the church.
The final chapter reports and interprets the findings from a questionnaire that reveal differing attitudes and practices, especially concerning the ancestral rites, on the part of Christian and non-Christian Japanese who have or do not have the butsudan (Buddhist altar for ancestral rites) in their homes.