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Seeing is Believing

Japan hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
Seeing is Believing

This Japanese proverb is the rough equivalent of "seeing is believing," "one eye-witness is better than many hearsays," or "a picture is worth a thousand words."

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.


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

Seeing is Believing

China bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
Seeing is Believing

This proverb literally means "Better to see something once rather than hear about it one hundred times" or "Telling me about something 100 times is not as good as seeing it once." In English, we have the similar proverb of "Seeing is believing" but this has a bit of the "A picture paints a thousand words" meaning too.

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.

Zen Buddhism

China chán zōng
Japan Zen shuu
Zen Buddhism

禪宗 is one way to title "Zen Buddhism." Because the original pronunciation of Zen in Chinese is Chan, you'll also see this expressed as Chan Buddhism.

From the Buddhist Dictionary:
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

信心

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Mandarin xìn xīn / xin4 xin1
Taiwan hsin hsin
Japanese shinjin / しんじん
Zen Buddhism
Chinese confidence; faith (in sb or something); CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) faith; belief; devotion; godliness
A believing mind, which receives without doubting.; Great or firm faith in, or surrender to Buddha, especially to Amitabha.

禪宗


禅宗

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Mandarin chán zōng / chan2 zong1
Taiwan ch`an tsung / chan tsung
Japanese Zenshū
Chinese Zen Buddhism
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, v. 達, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. Cf. 楞 13 Laṅkāvatāra sūtra. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools, v. 禪門; meditation school

百聞不如一見

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Mandarin bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn / bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi1 jian4
Taiwan pai wen pu ju i chien
Chinese seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others; seeing is believing

百聞は一見に如かず

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Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu / ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
Zen Buddhism
Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

住地

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Mandarin zhù de / zhu4 de
Taiwan chu te
Japanese jūji
Chinese living area; residential area
Dwelling-place; abiding place in the Truth, i.e. the acquirement by faith of a self believing in the dharma and producing its fruits; entrenchment

信德

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Mandarin xìn dé / xin4 de2
Taiwan hsin te
Japanese shintoku
The merit of the believing heart; the power of faith; virtue of faith

信樂


信乐

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Mandarin xìn lè / xin4 le4
Taiwan hsin le
Japanese shigaraki / しがらき
Japanese (personal name) Shigaraki
To believe and rejoice in the dharma; the joy of believing; faith as joy

信海

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Mandarin xìn hǎi / xin4 hai3
Taiwan hsin hai
Japanese shinkai / しんかい
Japanese (given name) Shinkai
The ocean of faith: the true virtue of the believing hear is vast and boundless as the ocean.

信行

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Mandarin xìn xíng / xin4 xing2
Taiwan hsin hsing
Japanese nobuyuki / のぶゆき    shinkou / shinko / しんこう    shingyou / shingyo / しんぎょう    shigyou / shigyo / しぎょう
Japanese (surname, given name) Nobuyuki; (given name) Shinkou; (surname, given name) Shingyou; (surname) Shigyou
Believing action; faith and practice. Action resulting from faith in another's teaching, in contrast with 法行 action resulting from direct apprehension of the doctrine; the former is found among the 鈍根, i.e. those of inferior ability, the latter among the 利根, i.e. the mentally acute.

南無


南无

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Mandarin nán wú / nan2 wu2
Taiwan nan wu
Japanese namu / なむ
Chinese Buddhist salutation or expression of faith (loanword from Sanskrit); Taiwan pr. [na2 mo2]
Japanese (conj,int) {Buddh} amen; hail; (surname) Namu
namaḥ; Pali: namo; to submit oneself to, from to bend, bow to, make obeisance, pay homage to; an expression of submission to command, complete commitment, reverence, devotion, trust for salvation, etc. Also written 南牟; 南謨; 南忙; 那謨 (or 那模 or 那麻); 納莫 (or 納慕); 娜母; 曩莫 (or 曩謨); 捺麻(or捺謨), etc. It is used constantly in liturgy, incantations, etc., especially as in namaḥ Amitābha, which is the formula of faith of the Pure-land sect, representing the believing heart of all beings and Amitābha's power and will to save; repeated in the hour of death it opens the entrance to the Pure Land.

憑準


凭准

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Mandarin píng zhǔn / ping2 zhun3
Taiwan p`ing chun / ping chun
Chinese evidence (that one can rely on); grounds (for believing something)

行信

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Mandarin háng xìn / hang2 xin4
Taiwan hang hsin
Japanese yukinobu / ゆきのぶ    gyoushin / gyoshin / ぎょうしん
Japanese (p,s,g) Yukinobu; (given name) Gyoushin
Act and faith, doing and believing, acting out one's belief; to act and faith

法供養


法供养

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Mandarin fǎ gòng yǎng / fa3 gong4 yang3
Taiwan fa kung yang
Japanese hō kuyō
dharmapūjā. Serving the Dharma, i. e. believing, explaining, keeping, obeying it, cultivating the spiritual nature, protecting and assisting Buddhism. Also, offerings of or to the Dharma; offerings of the dharma

善男信女

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Mandarin nán xìn nv  / nan2 xin4 nv3 
Taiwan nan hsin nv 
Japanese zennan shinnyo
Chinese lay practitioners of Buddhism
Good men and believing women.

將信將疑


将信将疑

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Mandarin jiāng xìn jiāng yí / jiang1 xin4 jiang1 yi2
Taiwan chiang hsin chiang i
Chinese half believing, half doubting; skeptical

眼見為實

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Mandarin yǎn jiàn wéi shí / yan3 jian4 wei2 shi2
Taiwan yen chien wei shih
Chinese seeing is believing

言い包める

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Japanese iikurumeru / ikurumeru / いいくるめる Japanese (transitive verb) to deceive somebody into believing (e.g. that black is white); to cajole; to talk into; to explain away (e.g. unpleasant evidence); to argue away; to wheedle

言いくるめる

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Japanese iikurumeru / ikurumeru / いいくるめる Japanese (transitive verb) to deceive somebody into believing (e.g. that black is white); to cajole; to talk into; to explain away (e.g. unpleasant evidence); to argue away; to wheedle

百聞は一見にしかず

see styles
Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu / ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

言いくるめる;言い包める

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Japanese iikurumeru / ikurumeru / いいくるめる Japanese (transitive verb) to deceive somebody into believing (e.g. that black is white); to cajole; to talk into; to explain away (e.g. unpleasant evidence); to argue away; to wheedle

百聞は一見にしかず;百聞は一見に如かず

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Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu / ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

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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
Seeing is Believing百聞は一見に如かずhyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikkennishikazu
hyakubun wa iken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikennishikazu
Seeing is Believing百聞不如一見
百闻不如一见
bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi2 jian4
bai wen bu ru yi jian
baiwenburuyijian
pai wen pu ju i chien
paiwenpujuichien
Zen Buddhism禪宗
禅宗
Zen shuu / Zenshuu / Zen shu / Zenshuchán zōng
chan2 zong1
chan zong
chanzong
ch`an tsung
chantsung
chan tsung
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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