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There are 24 total results for your enlighten search.

Characters Pronunciation
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Mandarin qǐ fā / qi3 fa1
Taiwan ch`i fa / chi fa
Chinese to enlighten; to explain (a text etc); to stimulate (a mental attitude); enlightenment; revelation; motivation



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Mandarin qǐ shì / qi3 shi4
Taiwan ch`i shih / chi shih
Chinese to reveal; to enlighten; enlightenment; revelation; illumination; moral (of a story etc); lesson



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Mandarin pú sà / pu2 sa4
Taiwan p`u sa / pu sa
Japanese bosatsu(p);bosachi(ok) / ぼさつ(P);ぼさち(ok)
Chinese Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) {Buddh} bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) (See 本地垂迹説) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.



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Mandarin kāi jué / kai1 jue2
Taiwan k`ai chüeh / kai chüeh
Japanese kaikaku
To arouse, awaken; to allow the original Buddha-nature to open and enlighten the mind; to awaken


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Mandarin jiào huà / jiao4 hua4
Taiwan chiao hua
Japanese kyouke;kyouge / kyoke;kyoge / きょうけ;きょうげ    kyouka / kyoka / きょうか
Chinese to enlighten; to civilize; to indoctrinate; to train (an animal)
Japanese (noun/participle) {Buddh} guidance; teaching people and leading them to Buddhism; (noun/participle) education; enlightenment; civilization; civilisation; indoctrination
To transform by instruction; teach and convert; to cause another to give alms; guidance

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Mandarin/ qi3
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken; to state; to inform; Qi son of Yu the Great 禹[Yu3], reported founder of the Xia Dynasty 夏朝[Xia4 Chao2] (c. 2070-c. 1600 BC)

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Mandarin yǒu / you3
Taiwan yu
Chinese to enlighten; lattice window

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Mandarin/ di2
Taiwan ti
Japanese yuu / yu / ゆう    michi / みち    teki / てき    tadashi / ただし    susumu / すすむ
Chinese to enlighten
Japanese (female given name) Yuu; (female given name) Michi; (surname) Teki; (personal name) Tadashi; (given name) Susumu

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Mandarin chǎn / chan3
Taiwan ch`an / chan
Japanese sen
Chinese to express; to disclose; to enlighten; to open
To open, spread, enlarge, expand, expound; translit. chan.


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Japanese hiraku / ひらく Japanese (Godan verb with "ku" ending) (archaism) to enlighten; to edify



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Mandarin miào jué / miao4 jue2
Taiwan miao chüeh
Japanese myōgaku
The wonderful enlightenment of Mahāyāna, or self-enlightenment to enlighten others; marvelous enlightenment



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Mandarin zhào lǎn / zhao4 lan3
Taiwan chao lan
Japanese shōran
To shine upon and behold; to survey; to enlighten; observes clearly



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Mandarin shū dǎo / shu1 dao3
Taiwan shu tao
Chinese to dredge; to open up a path for; to remove obstructions; to clear the way; to enlighten; persuasion



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Mandarin fā míng / fa1 ming2
Taiwan fa ming
Japanese hotsumyō
Chinese to invent; an invention; CL:個|个[ge4]
to enlighten; to enlighten



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Mandarin jué tā / jue2 ta1
Taiwan chüeh t`a / chüeh ta
Japanese kakuta
To awaken others; to enlighten others.



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Mandarin guān zhào / guan1 zhao4
Taiwan kuan chao
Japanese kanshō
To be enlightened (or enlighten) as the result of insight, or intelligent contemplation; careful consideration



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Mandarin kāi dǎo / kai1 dao3
Taiwan k`ai tao / kai tao
Japanese kaidō
Chinese to talk sb round; to straighten something out; to enlighten
to guide



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Mandarin kāi fā / kai1 fa1
Taiwan k`ai fa / kai fa
Japanese kaihotsu / かいほつ    kaihatsu / かいはつ
Chinese to exploit (a resource); to open up (for development); to develop
Japanese (surname) Kaihotsu; (surname) Kaihatsu
To star, begin, send forth; to enlighten others



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Mandarin kāi dào / kai1 dao4
Taiwan k`ai tao / kai tao
Japanese kaidou / kaido / かいどう
Chinese to clear the way
Japanese (surname) Kaidou
to enlighten [others]; to enlighten [others]



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Mandarin diǎn huà / dian3 hua4
Taiwan tien hua
Japanese tenka
Chinese magic transformation performed by Daoist immortal; fig. to reveal; to enlighten
Touched into activity, or conversion.


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Japanese oshiemichibiku / おしえみちびく Japanese (transitive verb) to enlighten


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Japanese mouohiraku / moohiraku / もうをひらく Japanese (exp,v5k) to enlighten



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Mandarin tí hú guàn dǐng / ti2 hu2 guan4 ding3
Taiwan t`i hu kuan ting / ti hu kuan ting
Chinese lit. to anoint your head with the purest cream (idiom); fig. to enlighten people with perfect wisdom; flawless Buddhist teaching



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Mandarin ā fù lú zhǐ dī shī fá luó / a1 fu4 lu2 zhi3 di1 shi1 fa2 luo2
Taiwan a fu lu chih ti shih fa lo
Japanese Abaroshiteishibara
Avalokiteśvara, 阿縛盧枳帝濕伐邏 (or 阿縛盧枳多伊濕伐邏); 阿婆盧吉帝舍婆羅; 阿那婆婁吉低輸; 阿梨耶婆樓吉弓稅; also Āryā valokiteśvara. Intp. as 觀世音 or 光世音 'Regarder (or Observer) of the world's sounds, or cries'; or ? 'Sounds that enlighten the world'. Also 觀自在 The Sovereign beholder, a tr. of īśvara, lord, sovereign. There is much debate as to whether the latter part of the word is svara, sound, or īśvara, lord; Chinese interpretations vary. Cf. 觀音.

Entries with 2nd row of characters: The 2nd row is Simplified Chinese.

This page contains 24 results for "enlighten" in Chinese and/or Japanese.

Information about this dictionary:

Apparently, we were the first ones who were crazy enough to think that western people might want a combined Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist dictionary.

A lot of westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese - and there is a reason for that. Chinese characters and even whole words were borrowed by Japan from the Chinese language in the 5th century. Much of the time, if a word or character is used in both languages, it will have the same or a similar meaning. However, this is not always true. Language evolves, and meanings independently change in each language.

Example: The Chinese character 湯 for soup (hot water) has come to mean bath (hot water) in Japanese. They have the same root meaning of "hot water", but a 湯屋 sign on a bathhouse in Japan would lead a Chinese person to think it was a "soup house" or a place to get a bowl of soup. See this: Soup or Bath

This dictionary uses the EDICT and CC-CEDICT dictionary files.
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Chinese Buddhist terms come from Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. This is commonly referred to as "Soothill's'". It was first published in 1937 (and is now off copyright so we can use it here). Some of these definitions may be misleading, incomplete, or dated, but 95% of it is good information. Every professor who teaches Buddhism or Eastern Religion has a copy of this on their bookshelf. We incorporated these 16,850 entries into our dictionary database ourselves (it was lot of work).

Combined, these cover 355,969 Japanese, Chinese, and Buddhist characters, words, idioms, and short phrases.

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