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Awareness in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Awareness
  2. Perception
  3. Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha
  4. Lingering Mind
  5. Mono no Aware
  6. Spirit / Spiritual Essence
  7. Mind of the Beginner
  8. 8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration
  9. Dragon


Awareness

China jué / jiào
Japan gaku / satoru
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This is a character that is impossible to define in a single word. This can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.

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

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.

Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha

Japan ken shou jyo butsu
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This is a complex concept in Japanese Buddhism. This is the initial enlightenment that leads to self-awareness, becoming Buddha, and the path to enter Nirvana.


See Also...  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Lingering Mind

Zanshin
China cán xīn
Japan zan shin
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First off, this should only be used in context of Japanese martial arts. In Chinese, it's a rather sad title (like a broken heart). In Chinese, the first character alone means destroyed, spoiled, ruined, injured, cruel, oppressive, savage, incomplete, disabled. However, in Japanese, it's remainder, leftover, balance, or lingering.
The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence in both languages.

This is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The spirit of zanshin is the state of the remaining or lingering spirit. It is often described as a sustained and heightened state of awareness and mental follow-through. However, true zanshin is a state of focus or concentration before, during, and after the execution of a technique, where a link or connection between uke and nage is preserved. Zanshin is the state of mind that allows us to stay spiritually connected, not only to a single attacker, but to multiple attackers and even an entire context; a space, a time, an event.


In modern Japan (and Simplified Chinese), they use a different version of the first character, as seen to the right. Click on this character to the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version of lingering mind / zanshin.

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.

Spirit / Spiritual Essence

China shén
Japan kami / shin
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This is the simplest form of spirit. This single character alone will conjure up ideas of the spiritual world. This character can also be translated as "vital awareness" as in the fact that one must know they exist to exist (I think, therefore I am).

Other translations include:
God, mysterious, divine essence, lively, spiritual being, divinity, supernatural, soul, mind, nerves, and energy. In some extended context it can mean genius or unusual.

Mind of the Beginner

Shoshin
China chū xīn
Japan sho shin
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This is often translated in Japanese as "beginner\'s mind" or "beginner\'s spirit". In Chinese, the dictionary definition is "one\'s original intention".

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

This is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The state of shoshin is that of a beginners mind. It is a state of awareness the remains always fully conscious, aware, and prepared to see things for the first time. The attitude of shoshin is essential to continued learning.

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

Dragon

Year of the Dragon / Zodiac Sign
China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
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This is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.

From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .

Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face".


See also our Chinese Zodiac or Dragon Calligraphy pages.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Life of Serenity
A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Always
Autumn
Balanced Life
Bamboo
Be Happy
Beautiful
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Beautiful Woman
Best Love
Bird
Black
Black Belt
Bless and Protect
Blossom
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Born
Brown
Buddha
Buddhist
Bushido
Butterfly
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Children
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Confucius
Courage
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Crouching Tiger
Dance
Dani
David
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Tiger Spirit
Drink
Eagle
Emperor
Faithful
First Born Daughter
Fish
Flower
Flowers
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Forest
Forever
Forever in My Heart
Fortune
Four
Free
Free Spirit
Freedom
Friends
Friendship
From This Moment Forward
Ghost
God is Always Wit Me
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold
Golden
Golden Rule
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Expectations
Guan Gong
Happiness
Happy
Happy Birthday
Honor
Horse
I Need You
Iris Flower
Japanese Aikido
Jasmine
Julio
Koi Fish
Life in Balance
Lily
Little
Live for the Moment
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Lotus Flower
Love
Love Forever
Love Hate
Love of My Life
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
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Luke
Marriage
Martial Arts
Moon
Mountain
Never
New Year
No Man
One Life One Chance
Only God Can Judge Me
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People
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Phoenix
Plum
Power
Power of the Dragon
Proud
Pursuit of Happiness
Qing
Respect
Robert
Robin
Saint
Self-control
Serenity
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Sincerity and Devotion
Sisterly Love
Snow
Soldier
Song
Spirit of the Tiger
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Strong Powerful
Teach
The Ease of the Scholar
Tiger
Tigers
Tranquility
Tree
Trevor
Trust No Man
Warrior
Warrior Essence
Warrior Spirit
Warriors
Water
Wedding
White
Will
Wisdom
Woman
Year of the Dragon
Zara

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Awareness
gaku / satorujué / jiào
jue / jiao
chüeh chiao
jue2 / jiao4
jue/jiao
Perception感知
感知
kan chi
kanchi
gǎn zhī
gan zhi
kan chih
gan3 zhi1
ganzhi
Kensho Jyobutsu - Enlightenment - Path to Buddha見性成仏
見性成佛
ken shou jyo butsu
kenshoujyobutsu
ken sho jyo butsu
n/a
Lingering Mind残心
殘心
zan shin
zanshin
cán xīn
can xin
ts`an hsin
can2 xin1
canxin
tsanhsin
tsan hsin
Mono no Aware物の哀れ
物の哀れ
mono no awa-re
mononoawa-re
n/a
Spirit / Spiritual Essence
kami / shinshén
shen
shen2
Mind of the Beginner初心
初心
sho shin
shoshin
chū xīn
chu xin
ch`u hsin
chu1 xin1
chuxin
chuhsin
chu hsin
8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration正定
正定
sei jou
seijou
sei jo
zhèng dìng
zheng ding
cheng ting
zheng4 ding4
zhengding
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng
long
lung
long2

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "awareness" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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