Nyorai (Jap.; Skt., tathāgata). Synonym of Buddha and one of his ten titles. The original Skt., Tathāgata, can be analysed as ‘coming’ (āgata) from ‘suchness’ (tathā) or ‘going’ (gata) to ‘suchness’, suchness referring to truth or reality. Nyorai is the translation for the former, literally meaning ‘coming from suchness’, and, because of its dynamic connotation, it is preferred over its synonym, Buddha. Thus, in Japan people make reference to Amida Nyorai, Dainichi Nyorai, Shaka Nyorai, and so forth. Nyoraikyo is a Japanese new religion, founded in 1802.
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