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Mandarin wú cháng / wu2 chang2
Taiwan wu ch`ang / wu chang
Japanese mujou / mujo / むじょう
Chinese variable; changeable; fickle; impermanence (Sanskrit: anitya); ghost taking away the soul after death; to pass away; to die
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) {Buddh} (ant: 常住・2) uncertainty; transiency; impermanence; mutability
anitya. Impermanent; the first of the 三明 trividyā; that all things are impermanent, their birth, existence, change, and death never resting for a moment.


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Mandarin sān jiào / san1 jiao4
Taiwan san chiao
Japanese sankyou / sankyo / さんきょう
Chinese the Three Doctrines (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism)
Japanese Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism; (given name) Mitsunori
The three teachings, i.e. 儒, 佛 (or 釋), and 道Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism; or, 孔, 老, 釋 Confucianism, Taoism (aIso known as 神敎), and Buddhism. In Japan they are Shinto, Confucianism, and Buddhism. In Buddhism the term is applied to the three periods of Śākyamuni's own teaching, of which there are several definitions: (1) The Jiangnan 南中 School describe his teaching as (a) 漸progressive or gradual; (b) 頓 immediate, i.e. as one whole, especially in the 華嚴經; and (c) 不定 or indeterminate. (2) 光統 Guangtong, a writer of the Iater Wei dynasty, describes the three as (a) 漸 progressive for beginners, i.e. from impermanence to permanence, from the void to reality, etc.; (b) 頓 immediate for the more advanced; and (c) 圓complete, to the most advanced, i.e. the Huayan as above. (3) The 三時敎q.v. (4) The 南山 Southern school deals with (a) the 性空of Hīnayāna; (b) 相空of Mahāyāna; and (c) 唯識圓 the perfect idealism. v. 行事鈔中 4. Tiantai accepts the division of 漸, 頓, and 不定 for pre-Lotus teaching, but adopts 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 perfect, with the Lotus as the perfect teaching; it also has the division of 三藏敎 , 通敎 , and 別敎 q.v.



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Mandarin sān lún / san1 lun2
Taiwan san lun
Japanese sanrin / さんりん
Japanese three wheels; (p,s,f) Miwa; (place-name, surname) Minowa; (surname) Mitsuwa; (surname) Mitsurin; (surname) Sanwa; (surname) Sanrin
The three wheels: (1) The Buddha's (a) 身 body or deeds; (b) 口 mouth, or discourse; (c) 意 mind or ideas. (2) (a) 神通 (or 變) His supernatural powers, or powers of (bodily) self-transformation, associated with 身 body; (b) 記心輪 his discriminating understanding of others, associated with 意 mind; (c) 敎誡輪 or 正敎輪 his (oral) powers of teaching, associated with 口. (3) Similarly (a) 神足輪 ; (b) 說法輪 ; (c) 憶念輪 . (4) 惑, 業, and 苦. The wheel of illusion produces karma, that of karma sets rolling that of suffering, which in turn sets rolling the wheel of illusion. (5) (a) Impermanence; (b) uncleanness; (c) suffering. Cf. 三道.


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Mandarin jiǔ dào / jiu3 dao4
Taiwan chiu tao
Japanese kudō
idem 九有情居.; The nine truths, or postulates: impermanence; suffering; voidness (or unreality of things); no permanent ego, or soul; love of existence or possessions, resulting in suffering; the opposite (or fear of being without them), also resulting in suffering; the cutting off of suffering and its cause; nirvāṇa with remainder still to be worked out; complete nirvāṇa; nine paths


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Mandarin èr xiāng / er4 xiang1
Taiwan erh hsiang
Japanese nisou / niso / にそう
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) two-phase
The two forms, or characteristics, of the bhutatathata, universal and particular. The 起信論 gives (a) 淨智相 pure wisdom, cf. ālaya-vijñāna, out of whose primary condition arise (b) 不思議用相 inconceivable, beneficial functions and uses. The same śāstra gives also a definition of the 眞如 as (a) 同相 that all things, pure or impure, are fundamentally of the same universal, e.g. clay which is made into tiles; (b) 異相 but display particular qualities, as affected by pure or impure causes, e.g. the tiles. Another definition, of the 智度論 31, is (a) 總相 universals, as impermanence; (b) 別相 particulars, for though all things have the universal basis of impermanence they have particular qualities, e.g. earth-solidity, heat of fire, etc; two characteristics



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Mandarin èr niǎo / er4 niao3
Taiwan erh niao
Japanese nichou / nicho / にちょう
Japanese (female given name) Nichou
The drake and the hen of the mandarin duck who are always together, typifying various contrasted theories and ideas, e.g. permanence and impermanence, joy and sorrow, emptiness and non-emptiness, etc; two birds


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Mandarin jǐng hé / jing3 he2
Taiwan ching ho
Japanese igawa / いがわ    ikawa / いかわ
Japanese (surname) Igawa; (surname) Ikawa
Like the well and the river', indicating the impermanence of life. The 'well ' refers to the legend of the man who running away from a mad elephant fell into a well; the 'river ' to a great tree growing on the river bank yet blown over by the wind; [like] the well and the river


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Mandarin bā mó / ba1 mo2
Taiwan pa mo
Japanese hachima
The eight Māras, or destroyers: 煩惱魔 the māras of the passions; 陰魔 the skandha-māras, v. 五陰; 死魔 death-māra ; 他化自在天魔 the māra-king. The above four are ordinarily termed the four māras: the other four are the four Hīnayāna delusions of śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas, i.e. 無常 impermanence; 無樂 joylessness; 無我 impersonality; 無淨 impurity; cf. 八顚倒.


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Mandarin sì shān / si4 shan1
Taiwan ssu shan
Japanese yotsuyama / よつやま    yoshiyama / よしやま    shizan / しざん
Japanese (place-name) Yotsuyama; (surname) Yoshiyama; (given name) Shizan
Like four closing-in mountains are birth, age, sickness, and death; another group is age, sickness, death, and decay (衰, i. e. of wealth, honours, etc., or 無常 impermanence); four mountains


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Mandarin sì shé / si4 she2
Taiwan ssu she
Japanese shida
idem 四毒蛇. The Fanyimingyi under this heading gives the parable of a man who fled from the two bewildering forms of life and death, and climbed down a rope (of life) 命根, into the well of impermanence 無常, where two mice, night and day, gnawed the rattan rope; on the four sides four snakes 四蛇 sought to poison him, i. e. the 四大 or four elements of his physical nature); below were three dragons 三毒龍 breathing fire and trying to seize him. On looking up he saw that two 象 elephants (darkness and light) had come to the mouth of the well; he was in despair, when a bee flew by and dropped some honey (the five desires 五欲) into his mouth, which he ate and entirely forgot his peril.



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Mandarin shā guǐ / sha1 gui3
Taiwan sha kuei
Japanese satsuki / さつき    saki / さき
Japanese (female given name) Satsuki; (female given name) Saki
To slay demons; a ghost of the slain; a murderous demon; a metaphor for impermanence.



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Mandarin wú zhù / wu2 zhu4
Taiwan wu chu
Japanese mujuu / muju / むじゅう
Japanese temple lacking a priest; (personal name) Mujuu
Not abiding; impermanence; things having no independent nature of their own, they have no real existence as separate entities; non-abiding


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Mandarin dòu qiā / dou4 qia1
Taiwan tou ch`ia / tou chia
Japanese zukya
Chinese dukkha (Sanskrit); suffering (Buddhism)
duḥkha, trouble, suffering, pain, defined by 逼惱 harassed, distressed. The first of the four dogmas, or 'Noble Truths' 四諦 is that all life is involved, through impermanence, in distress. There are many kinds of 苦 q. v.



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Mandarin diàn yǐng / dian4 ying3
Taiwan tien ying
Japanese denei / dene / でんえい
Chinese movie; film; CL:部[bu4],片[pian4],幕[mu4],場|场[chang3]
Japanese (in China) (See 映画) movie; film
Impermanence of all things like lightning and shadow; lightning and shadows


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Mandarin yī fǎ yìn / yi1 fa3 yin4
Taiwan i fa yin
Japanese ippōin
The seal or assurance of the one truth or law, see 一如 and 一實; the criterion of Mahāyāna doctrine, that all is bhūtatathatā, as contrasted with the Hīnayāna criteria of impermanence, non-personality, and nirvāṇa; a seal of Buddha truth


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Mandarin sān fǎ yìn / san1 fa3 yin4
Taiwan san fa yin
Japanese sanbouin / sanboin / さんぼういん
Japanese Dharma seals; three marks of existence (suffering, impermanence, non-Self)
idem 三印; three seals of the dharma



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Mandarin bù jìng lún / bu4 jing4 lun2
Taiwan pu ching lun
Japanese fujōron
One of the three 輪: impermanence, impurity, distress 無常, 不淨, 苦; impure wheel



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Mandarin èr wú cháng / er4 wu2 chang2
Taiwan erh wu ch`ang / erh wu chang
Japanese ni mujō
Two kinds of impermanence, immediate and delayed. 念念無常 things in motion, manifestly transient; 相續無常 things that have the semblance of continuity, but are also transient, as life ending in death, or a candle in extinction.



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Mandarin wǔ mén chán / wu3 men2 chan2
Taiwan wu men ch`an / wu men chan
Japanese gomonzen / ごもんぜん
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (Buddhist term) five approaches to meditation; five objects of meditation
idem 五停心觀; there is also a fivefold meditation on impermanence, suffering, the void, the non-ego, and nirvana; five approaches to meditation



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Mandarin sì jù zhí / si4 ju4 zhi2
Taiwan ssu chü chih
Japanese shikushū
The four tenets held by various non-Buddhist schools: (1) the permanence of the ego, i. e. that the ego of past lives is the ego of the present; (2) its impermanence, i. e. that the present ego is of independent birth; (3) both permanent and impermanent, that the ego is permanent, the body impermanent; (4) neither permanent nor impermanent; that the body is impermanent but the ego not impermanent; four statements of attachment


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Mandarin sì fǎ yìn / si4 fa3 yin4
Taiwan ssu fa yin
Japanese shihouin / shihoin / しほういん
Japanese {Buddh} (See 諸行無常,諸法無我,一切皆苦・いっさいかいく,涅槃寂静・ねはんじゃくじょう) the four signs of orthodox Buddhism
The seal or impression of the four dogmas, suffering, impermanence, non-ego, nirvana, see 四法本末; four seals of the dharma


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Mandarin sì xíng xiāng / si4 xing2 xiang1
Taiwan ssu hsing hsiang
Japanese shi gyōsō
To meditate upon the implications or disciplines of pain, unreality, impermanence, and the non-ego; four defining characteristics


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Mandarin niè pán yìn / nie4 pan2 yin4
Taiwan nieh p`an yin / nieh pan yin
Japanese nehan in
(涅槃寂靜印) The seal or teaching of nirvāṇa, one of the three proof that a sutra was uttered by the Buddha, i.e. its teaching of impermanence, non-ego, nirvāṇa; also the witness within to the attainment of nirvāṇa; seal of nirvāṇa



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Mandarin wú shàng rěn / wu2 shang4 ren3
Taiwan wu shang jen
Japanese mujō nin
The highest patient equanimity in receiving the truth; also, to believe the truth of impermanence without doubt, v. 十忍; unsurpassed tolerance



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Mandarin wú cháng yī / wu2 chang2 yi1
Taiwan wu ch`ang i / wu chang i
Japanese mujō e
The reliance of the impermanent, i.e. Buddha, upon whom mortals can rely; reliance for impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng xiū / wu2 chang2 xiu1
Taiwan wu ch`ang hsiu / wu chang hsiu
Japanese mujō shu
cultivation of (awareness of) impermanence; cultivation of (awareness of) impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng jié / wu2 chang2 jie2
Taiwan wu ch`ang chieh / wu chang chieh
Japanese mujō ge
Verse of Impermanence; Verse of Impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng táng / wu2 chang2 tang2
Taiwan wu ch`ang t`ang / wu chang tang
Japanese mujō dō
無常院; 延壽堂; 湼槃堂 The room where a dying monk was placed, in the direction of the sunset at the north-west corner; hall of impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng xìng / wu2 chang2 xing4
Taiwan wu ch`ang hsing / wu chang hsing
Japanese mujō shō



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Mandarin wú cháng xiǎng / wu2 chang2 xiang3
Taiwan wu ch`ang hsiang / wu chang hsiang
Japanese mujō sō
conception of impermanence; conception of impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng xiàng / wu2 chang2 xiang4
Taiwan wu ch`ang hsiang / wu chang hsiang
Japanese mujō sō
characteristic of impermanence; characteristic of impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng děng / wu2 chang2 deng3
Taiwan wu ch`ang teng / wu chang teng
Japanese mujō tō
impermanence and so forth; impermanence and so forth



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Mandarin wú cháng kǔ / wu2 chang2 ku3
Taiwan wu ch`ang k`u / wu chang ku
Japanese mujō ku
suffering caused by impermanence; suffering caused by impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng guān / wu2 chang2 guan1
Taiwan wu ch`ang kuan / wu chang kuan
Japanese mujō kan
contemplation of impermanence; contemplation of impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng yuàn / wu2 chang2 yuan4
Taiwan wu ch`ang yüan / wu chang yüan
Japanese mujō in
hall of impermanence; hall of impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng juān / wu2 chang2 juan1
Taiwan wu ch`ang chüan / wu chang chüan
Japanese mujō ken
The bird which cries of impermanence, messenger of the shades, the goat-sucker; cuckoo of impermanence



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Mandarin xíng wú cháng / xing2 wu2 chang2
Taiwan hsing wu ch`ang / hsing wu chang
Japanese gyō mujō
impermanence of conditioned phenomena; impermanence of conditioned phenomena



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Mandarin qī zhǒng wú cháng / qi1 zhong3 wu2 chang2
Taiwan ch`i chung wu ch`ang / chi chung wu chang
Japanese shichishumujō
sapta-anitya. The seven impermanences, a non-Buddhist nihilistic doctrine discussed in the 楞 伽 經 4; seven kinds of impermanence



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Mandarin liù shí èr jiàn / liu4 shi2 er4 jian4
Taiwan liu shih erh chien
Japanese rokujūni ken
The sixty-two 見 or views, of which three groups are given: The 大品般若經 in the 佛母品 takes each of the five skandhas under four considerations of 常 time, considered as time past, whether each of the five has had permanence, impermanence, both, neither, 5 x 4 = 20; again as to their space, or extension, considered as present time, whether each is finite, infinite, both, neither =20; again as to their destination, i. e. future, as to whether each goes on, or does not, both, neither (e. g. continued personality) = 20, or in all 60; add the two ideas whether body and mind 神 are a unity or different = 62. The Tiantai School takes 我見, or personality, as its basis and considers each of the five skandhas under four aspects, e. g (1) rūpa, the organized body, as the ego; (2) the ego as apart from the rūpa; (3) rūpa as the greater, the ego the smaller or inferior, and the ego as dwelling in the rūpa; (4) the ego as the greater, rupa the inferior, and the rupa in the ego. Consider these twenty in the past, present, and future = 60, and add 斷 and 常 impermanence and permanence as fundamentals = 62. There is also a third group; sixty-two (mistaken) views



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Mandarin sì kū sì róng / si4 ku1 si4 rong2
Taiwan ssu k`u ssu jung / ssu ku ssu jung
Japanese shiko shiei
When the Buddha died, of the eight śāla trees surrounding him four are said to have withered while four continued in full leaf— a sign that the four doctrines of 苦 suffering, 空 the void, 無常 impermanence, and 無我 impersonality were to perish and those of 常 permanence, 葉 joy, 我 personality, and 淨 purity, the transcendent bodhisattva doctrines, were to flourish; four withered, four teemed



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Mandarin sì wú cháng jì / si4 wu2 chang2 ji4
Taiwan ssu wu ch`ang chi / ssu wu chang chi
Japanese shi mujō ge
(or 四非常偈) Eight stanzas in the 仁王經, two each on 無常 impermanence, 苦 suffering, 空 the void, and 無我 non-personality; the whole four sets embodying the impermanence of all things; four stanzas on impermanence


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Mandarin sì fēi cháng jié / si4 fei1 chang2 jie2
Taiwan ssu fei ch`ang chieh / ssu fei chang chieh
Japanese shi hijō ge
four stanzas on impermanence; four stanzas on impermanence



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Mandarin bǎo yìn sān mèi / bao3 yin4 san1 mei4
Taiwan pao yin san mei
Japanese hōin zanmai
The ratnamudrāsamādhi, in which are realized the unreality of the ego, the impermanence of all things, and nirvana; jewel-seal absorption


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Mandarin xiǎo chéng sān yìn / xiao3 cheng2 san1 yin4
Taiwan hsiao ch`eng san yin / hsiao cheng san yin
Japanese shōjō san'in
The three characteristic marks of all Hīnayāna sūtras: the impermanence of phenomena, the unreality of the ego, and nirvāṇa; three seals of the lesser vehicle


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Mandarin shān hǎi kōng shì / shan1 hai3 kong1 shi4
Taiwan shan hai k`ung shih / shan hai kung shih
Japanese san kai kū shi
Mountains, seas, the sky, the (busy) market place' cannot conceal one from the eye of 無常 Impermanence, the messenger of death, a phrase summing up a story of four brothers who tried to use their miraculous power to escape death by hiding in the mountains, seas, sky, and market places. The one in the market place was the first to be reported as dead, 法句經 2; mountains, seas, sky, and marketplace



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Mandarin niàn niàn wú cháng / nian4 nian4 wu2 chang2
Taiwan nien nien wu ch`ang / nien nien wu chang
Japanese nennen mujō
Instant after instant, no permanence, i. e. the impermanence of all phenomena; unceasing change; moment-to-moment impermanence



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Mandarin miè huài wú cháng / mie4 huai4 wu2 chang2
Taiwan mieh huai wu ch`ang / mieh huai wu chang
Japanese metsue mujō
decay and impermanence; decay and impermanence



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Mandarin wú cháng xùn sù / wu2 chang2 xun4 su4
Taiwan wu ch`ang hsün su / wu chang hsün su
Japanese mujoujinsoku / mujojinsoku / むじょうじんそく
Japanese (yoji) the (fast) pace at which life passes, and thus the nearness of death; promptitude of the changes of the times
impermanence is swift; impermanence is swift



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Mandarin shēng miè qù lái / sheng1 mie4 qu4 lai2
Taiwan sheng mieh ch`ü lai / sheng mieh chü lai
Japanese shōmetsu korai
Coming into existence and ceasing to exist, past and future, are merely relative terms and not true in reality; they are the first two antitheses in the 中論 Mādhyamika-śāstra, the other two antitheses being 一異斷常 unity and difference, impermanence and permanence; arising and ceasing, going and coming



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Mandarin bái yī cāng gǒu / bai2 yi1 cang1 gou3
Taiwan pai i ts`ang kou / pai i tsang kou
Chinese lit. (cloud shapes) changing from a white shirt to a gray dog (idiom); fig. the impermanence of all things



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Mandarin xiāng xù wú cháng / xiang1 xu4 wu2 chang2
Taiwan hsiang hsü wu ch`ang / hsiang hsü wu chang
Japanese sōzoku mujō
continous impermanence; continous impermanence



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Mandarin zhū xíng wú cháng / zhu1 xing2 wu2 chang2
Taiwan chu hsing wu ch`ang / chu hsing wu chang
Japanese shogyoumujou / shogyomujo / しょぎょうむじょう
Japanese (yoji) (See 四法印・しほういん) the impermanence of worldly things; All worldly things are transitory
Whatever is phenomenal is impermanent; all things are in a state of incessant change



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Mandarin zhuǎn biàn wú cháng / zhuan3 bian4 wu2 chang2
Taiwan chuan pien wu ch`ang / chuan pien wu chang
Japanese tenhen mujō
Change and impermanence.


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Japanese hikarakuyou / hikarakuyo / ひからくよう Japanese (expression) (yoji) Blossoms fall and leaves scatter; the evanescence (impermanence) of worldly things



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Mandarin shì dì bù shēng miè / shi4 di4 bu4 sheng1 mie4
Taiwan shih ti pu sheng mieh
Japanese setai fu shōmetsu
Ordinary worldly postulates that things are permanent, as contrasted with the doctrine of impermanence advocated by Hīnayāna; both positions are controverted by Tiantai, which holds that the phenomenal world is neither becoming nor passing, but is an aspect of- eternal reality; the worldly truth of no arising and ceasing



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Mandarin liù wú cháng liù pì / liu4 wu2 chang2 liu4 pi4
Taiwan liu wu ch`ang liu p`i / liu wu chang liu pi
Japanese roku mujō rokuhi
v. 六喩; six metaphors for impermanence



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Mandarin kǔ kōng wú cháng wú wǒ / ku3 kong1 wu2 chang2 wu2 wo3
Taiwan k`u k`ung wu ch`ang wu wo / ku kung wu chang wu wo
Japanese ku kū mujō muga
suffering, emptiness, impermanence, and no-self; suffering, emptiness, impermanence, and no-self

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