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  1. Awareness
  2. Introspection / Self-Awareness
  3. Perception
  4. 8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration
  5. Kensho - Initial Enlightenment
  6. Mono no Aware
  7. Consciousness of Self
  8. Wake Up to Reality


Awareness

China jué / jiào
Japan gaku / satoru
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This can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.

This is a character that is impossible to define in a single word.

This term is often associated with Buddhism where it's understood to be: Illumination, enlightenment, or awakening in regard to the real in contrast to the seeming. However, it can also refer to enlightenment in regard to morality and evil.


Notes:

In Japanese, this can be the personal name Satoru.

In certain context, and only when pronounced as "jiao" in Chinese, it can refer to a nap, sleep or the state of sleeping. However, as a single character on a wall scroll, everyone will read this with the awareness or enlightenment context.

By no means is this the only way to write enlightenment. In fact, you should only choose this character if you are looking more for a word meaning awareness.


See Also:  Enlightenment | Wisdom | Knowledge

Introspection / Self-Awareness

China zì xǐng
Japan jisei
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja means: to examine oneself; to reflect on one's shortcomings; introspection; self-awareness; self-criticism; self-examination; reflection.

In Japanese, this can be the given name, Jisei.

Perception

China gǎn zhī
Japan kan chi
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for perception, awareness, or the act of sensing and noticing.

8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration

Samyak Samadhi / Samma Samadhi
China zhèng dìng
Japan sei jou
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This is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Concentration, along with Right Effort and Right Mindfulness constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.

Right Concentration has to do with leaving behind sensuality, unwholesome states, as well as pleasure and pain. This is a complex idea but once you have achieved the shedding of worldly sensation, you can truly concentrate and find a higher level of awareness.

Another definition: Concentration of mind that finds its highpoint in the four absorptions.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Kensho - Initial Enlightenment

China jiàn xìng
Japan ken shou
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Generally the same meaning as Satori but referring to the initial state or initial experience of enlightenment. This is a Zen Buddhist term that is not widely known outside of the religion. Used more in Japan than China.

This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people. Some Japanese people will dispute whether this title is valid in the Japanese language. Only order this if you are sure this title is right for you.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Mono no Aware

Japan mono no awa-re
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This literally translates as, "the pathos of things," "an empathy toward things," or "a sensitivity to ephemera."

This is kind of a Japanese proverb for the awareness of impermanence, or transience of things.

Both things and the emotions about those things do not last forever.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Consciousness of Self

China zì jué
Japan jikaku
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This is the idea of being conscious, self-aware and sometimes "on one's own initiative."


覚After WWII, they started using a simplified form of the second Kanji for this word in Japan. That version is shown to the right, and you can click on that Kanji if you want the modern Japanese form. Otherwise, the characters shown in the upper left are the correct ones for ancient/old/traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Wake Up to Reality

China xǐng wù
Japan shō go
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This Chinese word means, "to wake up to reality," "to come to oneself," "to realize," "to see the truth," or "to reflect and become aware." This is often used in the context of Buddhism.

In Japanese, this has the same meaning but is more often used as a given name, Seigo.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Awareness
gaku / satorujué / jiào
jue2 / jiao4
jue / jiao
jue/jiao
chüeh chiao
chüehchiao
Introspection / Self-Awareness 自省jiseizì xǐng / zi4 xing3 / zi xing / zixing tzu hsing / tzuhsing
Perception 感知kan chi / kanchigǎn zhī / gan3 zhi1 / gan zhi / ganzhi kan chih / kanchih
8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration 正定sei jou / seijou / sei jo / seijozhèng dìng
zheng4 ding4
zheng ding
zhengding
cheng ting
chengting
Kensho - Initial Enlightenment 見性
见性
ken shou / kenshou / ken sho / kenshojiàn xìng
jian4 xing4
jian xing
jianxing
chien hsing
chienhsing
Mono no Aware 物の哀れmono no awa-re
mononoawa-re
Consciousness of Self 自覺
自觉 / 自覚
jikakuzì jué / zi4 jue2 / zi jue / zijue tzu chüeh / tzuchüeh
Wake Up to Reality 省悟shō go / shōgoxǐng wù / xing3 wu4 / xing wu / xingwu hsing wu / hsingwu

In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line. In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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