Amidism

noun Am·i·dism \ˈaməˌdizəm\

Definition of Amidism

plural

-s

  1. :  the Buddhist cult of Amitabha that promises rebirth in paradise to its followers and emphasizes salvation by faith — see pure land

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Origin and Etymology of amidism

Japanese Amida the Buddha Amitabha (from Chinese a4 -mi2 -t'o2 -fu2, from Sanskrit Amitābha, a Mahayana Buddha, worshipped as the Buddha of boundless light, life, and mercy, literally, of boundless light, from amita boundless, unmeasured—from a- 2a- + mita measured— + ābhā light, from ā towards + -bhā, akin to bhāti it shines) + English -ism; akin to Sanskrit māti he measures — more at acharya, fancy, measure


First Known Use: 1916


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