4 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
Buddha, the dead, France
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
819 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 仏 【ブツ】 Buddha, Buddhism
  • 仏像 【ブツゾウ】 statue of Buddha, image of Buddha, Buddhist statue, Buddhist image
  • 石仏 【セキブツ】 stone Buddhist image, unemotional person, taciturn person
  • 成仏 【ジョウブツ】 attaining Buddhahood, becoming a Buddha, entering Nirvana, going to heaven, resting in peace, dying (peacefully)
  • 仏 【フツ】 France, French (language)
  • 仏語 【フツゴ】 French (language)
  • 渡仏 【トフツ】 going to France
  • 滞仏 【タイフツ】 staying in France

Kun reading compounds

  • 仏 【ほとけ】 Buddha, Shakyamuni, Buddhist image, figure of Buddha, the dead, dead person, departed soul, merciful person
  • 仏顔 【ほとけがお】 gentle face
  • 神仏 【しんぶつ】 gods and Buddha, Shinto and Buddhism
  • 吾が仏 【あがほとけ】 my dear, my Buddha


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
fo2, fu2


  • Buda
  • Francia
  • muerto
  • difunto


  • Buddha
  • o morto
  • França


  • Bouddha
  • France
  • défunt
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1-2-2 SKIP code
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