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Buddhist prayer
Buddhist prayer  

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Buddhist prayer2  
Hi,
I have had this scroll many years can you tell me if it is a Buddhist prayer?

Many thnanks

Bill

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Dear Bill,

I apologize, but I don't know what that says. What I can tell you is that it is either Japanese or Chinese characters. I cannot even confirm that it is Buddhist. If I had to guess, I would lean towards Chinese. Just looking at the stereotypical character in the scroll. That is just my best guess. Sorry I couldn't help you more.

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