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Lit. Six Character Name. The six Chinese characters used to write 'Namu Amida Butsu “ì–³ˆ¢–í‘É•§'. An homage to the Buddha *Amida ˆ¢–í‘É, generally referred to as the nenbutsu ”O•§, a chant that devotees believed would ensure one's salvation in Amida's Pure Land gokuraku ‹ÉŠy. The Six Characters may be written in ink, embroidered or printed. Sometimes the Six Characters are incorporated with illustrations of the Six Realms of Reincarnation *rokudou-e ˜Z“¹ŠG. A well-known sculpted image is the statue of the priest *Kuuya ‹ó–ç (903-72) in Rokuharamitsuji ˜Z”g—…–§Ž› in Kyoto, in which the Six Characters are represented by six miniature images of Amida coming out of the priest's mouth. Kuji myougou ‹ãŽš–¼† (Nine Character Name), refers to a variant name for Amida written with nine characters, 'Namu Fukashigikou Nyorai “ì–³•s‰ÂŽv‹cŒõ”@—ˆ.' Written forms of Amida icons also employ Sanskrit letters shuji ŽíŽš.
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