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光陰矢の如し

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

十來


十来

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Mandarin shí lái / shi2 lai2
Taiwan shih lai
Japanese torai / とらい
Japanese (female given name) Torai
(十來偈) The ten rhymes in "lai", a verse which expresses the Buddhist doctrine of moral determinism, i.e. that the position anyone now occupies is solely the result of his character in past lives; heredity and environment having nothing to do with his present condition, for, whether in prince or beggar, it is the reward of past deeds. The upright from the forbearing come,
The poor from the mean and greedy come,
Those of high rank from worshippers come,
The low and common from the Prideful come,
Those who are dumb from slanderers come,
The blind and deaf from unbelievers come,
The long-lived from the merciful come,
The short-lived from life, takers come,
The deficient in faculties from command-breakers come,
The complete in faculties from command-keepers come.
端正者忍辱中來.
貧窮着樫貧中來.
高位者禮拜中來.
下賤者橋慢中來.
瘖啞者誹謗中來.
盲聾者不信中來.
長壽者慈悲中來.
短命者殺生中來.
諸根不具者破戒中來.
六根具足者持戒中來.

業受


业受

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Mandarin yè shòu / ye4 shou4
Taiwan yeh shou
Japanese gōju
That which is received as the result of former karmic conduct, e.g. long or short life, etc; reception of karma

業壽


业寿

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Mandarin yè shòu / ye4 shou4
Taiwan yeh shou
Japanese gōju
Life, long or short, as determined by previous karma; length of life as determined by karma

畢命

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Mandarin bì mìng / bi4 ming4
Taiwan pi ming
Chinese to die (in an accident etc); to have one's life cut short

短命

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Mandarin duǎn mìng / duan3 ming4
Taiwan tuan ming
Japanese tanmei / tanme / たんめい
Chinese to die young; short-lived
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) short life; short lived
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

絕命

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Mandarin jué mìng / jue2 ming4
Taiwan chüeh ming
Chinese to commit suicide; to have one's life cut short

薄命

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Mandarin bó mìng / bo2 ming4
Taiwan po ming
Japanese hakumei / hakume / はくめい
Chinese to be born under an unlucky star (usu. of women); to be born unlucky
Japanese misfortune; short life; evil fate

對酒當歌


对酒当歌

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Mandarin duì jiǔ dāng gē / dui4 jiu3 dang1 ge1
Taiwan tui chiu tang ko
Chinese lit. sing to accompany wine (idiom); fig. life is short, make merry while you can

人生僅か五十年

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Japanese jinseiwazukagojuunen / jinsewazukagojunen / じんせいわずかごじゅうねん Japanese (expression) (idiom) Life is short

光陰矢のごとし

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

人生短暫,學術無涯


人生短暂,学术无涯

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Mandarin rén shēng duǎn zàn , xué shù wú yá / ren2 sheng1 duan3 zan4 , xue2 shu4 wu2 ya2
Taiwan jen sheng tuan tsan , hsüeh shu wu ya
Chinese Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis

芸術は長く人生は短し

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Japanese geijutsuhanagakujinseihamijikashi / gejutsuhanagakujinsehamijikashi / げいじゅつはながくじんせいはみじかし Japanese (expression) (idiom) Art is long, life is short

吾生也有涯,而知也無涯


吾生也有涯,而知也无涯

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Mandarin wú shēng yě yǒu yá , ér zhī yě wú yá / wu2 sheng1 ye3 you3 ya2 , er2 zhi1 ye3 wu2 ya2
Taiwan wu sheng yeh yu ya , erh chih yeh wu ya
Chinese Life is short, learning is limitless; Ars longa, vita brevis

光陰矢のごとし;光陰矢の如し

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short
This page contains 15 results for "life is short" 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.
EDICT data is the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, and is used in conformance with the Group's license.

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).



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