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Be Like Water

Quote from Lao Tzu
China ruò shuǐ
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若水 is part of a very old saying from Lao Tzu. It these two characters, there is a suggestion to be like water. The full phrase is about the goodness and purity of water. So, when this suggests being like water, it is actually a suggestion to be a good person (one who does not dishonor himself/herself etc).

Be Like Water

China xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
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象水一樣 is a short quote from a much longer statement by Bruce Lee.

He was summarizing how people should be flexible to all circumstances, attacks, or situations. At the end, he exclaims, "Be like water my friend." 象水一樣 is the, "Be like water" part alone, since that seems to be what most people want.

Ultimate Goodness of Water

Quote from Lao Tzu
China shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
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This quote is sometimes presented as, "Be like water." However, this is an ancient quote from the great philosopher Lao Tzu. It basically suggests that the ultimate goodness and purity (in the world) is water. Many take this as a suggestion to be like pure/good water.

Mind Like Water

Mizu No Kokoro
Japan mizu no kokoro
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水の心 is the Japanese Buddhist and martial arts phrase, "mizu no kokoro," which means, "mind like water" or "heart of water."

The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it’s surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.


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Characters

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Romanization
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Mandarin yǒng / yong3
Taiwan yung
Japanese hisashi ひさし
 haruka はるか
 nori のり
 nagai ながい
 naga なが
 towa とわ
 ei / e えい
Chinese forever; always; perpetual
Japanese (pref,suf) long; (adj-na,n,adj-no) eternity; perpetuity; immortality; (given name) Hisashi; (female given name) Haruka; (given name) Nori; (surname) Nagai; (place-name, surname) Naga; (female given name) Towa; (surname, female given name) Ei
Perpetual, eternal, everlasting (like the unceasing flow of water); forever
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Japanese yuzuru ゆずる
Japanese (1) bag; sack; pouch; (2) skin of an orange (and other like fruits); (3) dead end; (4) plot of land surrounded by water; (personal name) Yuzuru

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Japanese bandou / bando ばんどう
 handou / hando はんどう
Japanese (1) teapot-like object made typically of lacquerware and used to pour hot and cold liquids; (2) basin of water with two handles on either side used for washing one's face or hands; (surname) Bandou; (surname) Handou

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Mandarin dài / dai4
Taiwan tai
Japanese fukuro ふくろ
Chinese pouch; bag; sack; pocket
Japanese (1) bag; sack; pouch; (2) skin of an orange (and other like fruits); (3) dead end; (4) plot of land surrounded by water; (suf,ctr) counter for things inside a bag; (surname) Fukuro

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佛月

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Mandarin fú yuè / fu2 yue4
Taiwan fu yüeh
Japanese butsu gatsu
The Buddha-moon, Buddha being mirrored in the human heart like the moon in pure water. Also a meaning similar to 佛日.

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信水

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Mandarin xìn shuǐ / xin4 shui3
Taiwan hsin shui
Japanese shinsui しんすい
Japanese (given name) Shinsui
Faith pure and purifying like water; water of faith

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十住

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Mandarin shí zhù / shi2 zhu4
Taiwan shih chu
Japanese jū jū
The ten stages, or periods, in bodhisattva-wisdom, prajñā 般若, are the 十住; the merits or character attained are the 十地 q.v. Two interpretations may be given. In the first of these, the first four stages are likened to entry into the holy womb, the next four to the period of gestation, the ninth to birth, and the tenth to the washing or baptism with the water of wisdom, e.g. the baptism of a Kṣatriya prince. The ten stages are (1) 發心住 the purposive stage, the mind set upon Buddhahood; (2) 治地住 clear understanding and mental control; (3) 修行住 unhampered liberty in every direction; (4) 生貴住 acquiring the Tathāgata nature or seed; (5) 方便具足住 perfect adaptability and resemblance in self-development and development of others; (6) 正心住 the whole mind becoming Buddha-like; (7) 不退住 no retrogression, perfect unity and constant progress; (8) 童眞住 as a Buddha-son now complete; (9) 法王子住 as prince of the law; (10) 灌頂住 baptism as such, e.g. the consecration of kings. Another interpretation of the above is: (1) spiritual resolve, stage of śrota-āpanna; (2) submission to rule, preparation for Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (3) cultivation of virtue, attainment of Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (4) noble birth, preparation for the anāgāmin stage; (5) perfect means, attainment of anāgāmin stage; (6) right mind, preparation for arhatship; (7) no-retrogradation, the attainment of arhatship; (8) immortal youth, pratyekabuddhahood; (9) son of the law-king, the conception of bodhisattvahood; (10) baptism as the summit of attainment, the conception of Buddhahood; ten abodes

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半挿

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Japanese hanzou / hanzo はんぞう
 hanizou / hanizo はにぞう
 hanisou / haniso はにそう
 hazou / hazo はぞう
 hasou / haso はそう
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) teapot-like object made typically of lacquerware and used to pour hot and cold liquids; (2) basin of water with two handles on either side used for washing one's face or hands; (1) wide-mouthed ceramic vessel having a small hole in its spherical base (into which bamboo was probably inserted to pour liquids); (2) teapot-like object made typically of lacquerware and used to pour hot and cold liquids

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心性

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Mandarin xīn xìng / xin1 xing4
Taiwan hsin hsing
Japanese shinsei / shinse しんせい
Chinese one's nature; temperament
Japanese mind; disposition; nature
Immutable mind-corpus, or mind-nature, the self-existing fundamental pure mind, the all, the Tathāgata-garbha, or 如來藏心; 自性淸淨心; also described in the 起信論 Awakening of Faith as immortal 不生不滅. Another definition identifies 心 with 性 saying 性卽是心, 心卽是佛 the nature is the mind, and mind is Buddha; another, that mind and nature are the same when 悟 awake and understanding, but differ when 迷 in illusion; and further, in reply to the statement that the Buddha-nature is eternal but the mind not eternal, it is said, the nature is like water, the mind like ice, illusion turns nature to mental ice form, awakening melts it back to its proper nature.

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水冠

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Mandarin shuǐ guān / shui3 guan1
Taiwan shui kuan
Japanese suikan
A monk's hat shaped like the character 'water' in front; water-cap

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灌頂


灌顶

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Mandarin guàn dǐng / guan4 ding3
Taiwan kuan ting
Japanese kanchou / kancho かんちょう
 kanjou / kanjo かんじょう
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) baptism-like ceremony performed by the buddhas on a bodhisattva who attains buddhahood; (2) (Buddhist term) baptism-like ceremony for conferring onto someone precepts, a mystic teaching, etc. (in esoteric Buddhism); (3) (Buddhist term) pouring water onto a gravestone; (4) teaching esoteric techniques, compositions, etc. (in Japanese poetry or music)
abhiṣecana; mūrdhābhiṣikta; inauguration or consecration by sprinkling, or pouring water on the head; an Indian custom on the investiture of a king, whose head was baptized with water from the four seas and from the rivers in his domain; in China it is administered as a Buddhist rite chiefly to high personages, and for ordination purposes. Amongst the esoterics it is a rite especially administered to their disciples; and they have several categories of baptism, e.g. that of ordinary disciples, of teacher, or preacher, of leader, of office-bearer; also for special causes such as relief from calamity, preparation for the next life, etc.

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貪水


贪水

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Mandarin tān shuǐ / tan1 shui3
Taiwan t`an shui / tan shui
Japanese tonsui
Desire is like water carrying things along; desire being like water

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ぽろり

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Japanese porori ぽろり
Japanese (adv-to,adv) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) crying; tears dripping; water dripping; grain-like object falling; (2) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) falling off; falling down; (3) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) inadvertently coming to the surface

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水と油

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Japanese mizutoabura みずとあぶら
Japanese (expression) incompatible; (going together) like oil and water

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衞世師


卫世师

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Mandarin wèi shì shī / wei4 shi4 shi1
Taiwan wei shih shih
Japanese Eiseishi
Vaiśeṣika; derived from viśeṣa, characteristic, individuality, particularity or individual essence. M.W. Also 鞞世師 (or 鞞思迦); 吠世史迦; 勝論宗 An atomistic school founded by Kaṇāda. Like the Saṅkhya philosophy it taught a dualism and an endless number of souls, also by its doctrine of particularity or individual essence maintained 'the eternally distinct or sui generis nature of the nine substances' (see below), 'of which the first five including mind are held to be atomic.' M.W. The interaction of these with the six mentioned below produces cosmic evolution. It chiefly occupied itself, like the orthodox Nyāya philosophy, with the theory of knowledge, but it differed by distinguishing only six categories of cognition 六諦, viz. substance, quality, activity, species, distinction, and correlation, also a seventh of non-existence, and nine substances possessed of qualities, these 九陰 being: the five elements, air, fire, water, earth, ether, together with time, space, spirit (manas), and soul (ātman). Cf. Keith, Indian Logic and Atomism, and Dasgupta, History of Indian Philosophy.

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ごま豆腐

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Japanese gomadoufu / gomadofu ごまどうふ
Japanese crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu

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ゴマ豆腐

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Japanese gomadoufu / gomadofu ゴマどうふ
Japanese crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu

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如魚得水


如鱼得水

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Mandarin rú yú dé shuǐ / ru2 yu2 de2 shui3
Taiwan ju yü te shui
Chinese like a fish back in water (idiom); glad to be back in one's proper surroundings

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揮金如土


挥金如土

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Mandarin huī jīn rú tǔ / hui1 jin1 ru2 tu3
Taiwan hui chin ju t`u / hui chin ju tu
Chinese lit. to squander money like dirt (idiom); fig. to spend money like water; extravagant

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水輪三昧


水轮三昧

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Mandarin shuǐ lún sān mèi / shui3 lun2 san1 mei4
Taiwan shui lun san mei
Japanese suirin zanmai
The samādhi of the water 'wheel' 水輪, one of the 五輪三昧; water is fertilizing and soft, in like manner the effect of this samādhi is the fertilizing of good roots, and the softening or reduction of ambition and pride; water wheel concentration

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胡麻豆腐

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Japanese gomadoufu / gomadofu ごまどうふ
Japanese crushed sesame seeds boiled in water and chilled like tofu

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湯水の如く

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Japanese yumizunogotoku ゆみずのごとく
Japanese (adv,exp) like water; like it grows on trees

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蛙の面に水

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Japanese kaerunotsuranimizu かえるのつらにみず
Japanese (expression) like water off a duck's back; water on a frog's face

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湯水のごとく

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Japanese yumizunogotoku ゆみずのごとく
Japanese (adv,exp) like water; like it grows on trees

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籠で水を汲む

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Japanese kagodemizuokumu かごでみずをくむ
Japanese (exp,v5m) (obscure) like trying to scoop water with a basket (i.e. impossible, a waste of time & energy)

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蛙の面に小便

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Japanese kaerunotsuranishouben / kaerunotsuranishoben かえるのつらにしょうべん
Japanese (expression) (colloquialism) like water off a duck's back; urine on a frog's face

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湯水のように使う

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Japanese yumizunoyounitsukau / yumizunoyonitsukau ゆみずのようにつかう
Japanese (exp,v5u) to spend (money) like water; to spend (money) like it grows on trees; to throw around (one's money); to play ducks and drakes with

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鐵打的衙門,流水的官


铁打的衙门,流水的官

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Mandarin tiě dǎ de yá men , liú shuǐ de guān / tie3 da3 de5 ya2 men5 , liu2 shui3 de5 guan1
Taiwan t`ieh ta te ya men , liu shui te kuan / tieh ta te ya men , liu shui te kuan
Chinese lit. the yamen is strong as iron, the officials flow like water (idiom); fig. government officials come and go

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Be Like Water 若水ruò shuǐ / ruo4 shui3 / ruo shui / ruoshui jo shui / joshui
Be Like Water 象水一樣
象水一样
xiàng shuǐ yí yàng
xiang4 shui3 yi2 yang4
xiang shui yi yang
xiangshuiyiyang
hsiang shui i yang
hsiangshuiiyang
Ultimate Goodness of Water 上善若水shàng shàn ruò shuǐ
shang4 shan4 ruo4 shui3
shang shan ruo shui
shangshanruoshui
shang shan jo shui
shangshanjoshui
Mind Like Water 水の心mizu no kokoro
mizunokokoro
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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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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