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南无《俗语佛源》
净土宗提倡持名念佛,作为六字洪名的“南无阿弥陀佛”,在中国几乎是妇孺皆知的。我们有时会看到,常人在表示感激或脱离险境等场合,往往会脱口念道:“南无阿弥陀佛”。“南无”,巴利文作namo,梵文作namas,汉语应读作namo,意为归命、归敬。按印度礼仪,低头合掌,口称“南无”,即表示致敬。北魏·杨衒之《洛阳伽蓝记·永宁寺》载,菩提达摩来到洛阳,自云已一百五十岁,称誉永宁寺精丽无比,在寺中“口唱南无,合掌连日”。“南无”亦作“南膜”、“曩膜”等。唐·玄应《一切经音义》卷六谓:“南无,亦作南膜,或言那模,皆为归礼译之。”(李明权)
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